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View over Khorramabad from Falak-ol-Aflak Castle, western Iran

Iran Denies Missile Base Blast After Mystery Explosion Rocks Western City

A mysterious explosion, characterized as a “terrible sound followed by strong shocks” by Iranian pro-regime media, struck an area near Khorramabad in the Lorestan province in western Iran on Monday night, September 25, causing “fear and concern,” and believed by residents to be an earthquake.

According to IRGC-associated media, “After a terrible sound was heard at midnight last night, opposition [anti-regime] media and others announced that a terrible explosion occurred in one of Lorestan’s military centers.” Iranian authorities also requested “the people of Lorestan not to pay attention to rumors and to receive news only from official authorities and media.”

According to the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a Washington-based security nonprofit with a focus on nuclear and biological threats, Khorramabad hosts the site of an Iranian missile base.

The Imam Ali Missile Base is “one of two Iranian silo missile bases,” details the NTI report, adding that former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami reportedly “ordered the production of 15 Shahab-3 missiles, to be deployed in underground bunkers near Khorramabad.”

The complex is “heavily guarded,” the report adds. “One of them [is] a storage facility and the second an operational missile launch facility.”(JPost /VFI News)

“God, we ask that You protect the world from Iran’s nuclear plans. As long as its military continues conducting its nuclear programs, not even Iranian citizens are safe. We hope that a nuclear war is avoidable and that Iran will be prevented from enriching its uranium even further.”