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Blast at Iran petrochemical complex kills a worker and injures 2

Authorities in southern city of Asaluyehin say oxygen pipeline exploded; no immediate word on cause

The aftermath of an explosion at a petrochemical facility in the city of Asaluyehin in the Bushehr province in southern Iran, May 26, 2021. (Screenshot: Twitter)
The aftermath of an explosion at a petrochemical facility in the city of Asaluyehin in the Bushehr province in southern Iran, May 26, 2021. (Screenshot: Twitter)

A petrochemical site in southern Iran was hit by an explosion that killed one worker and injured two others, local media reported Wednesday.

It was the latest in a series of mysterious blasts and malfunctions in Iran, many of which have been blamed by Tehran on Israel.

Authorities at the city of Asaluyehin in the Bushehr province said the blast originated in the oxygen transmission pipeline to two local petrochemical complexes, according to state news agency IRNA.

“Currently, a technical emergency working group has been formed to investigate the cause of the accident, and after clarifying the dimensions of the accident, information will be provided,” Asaluyehin Governor Abdolnabi Yousefi said.

“The reason for the blast is under investigation and the fire has been extinguished,” he said.

Numerous explosions have been reported over the past few years in complexes vital to Iran’s nuclear program and its energy and military sectors, most notably an alleged sabotage at the Natanz atomic plant and the killing of the regime’s top nuclear scientists in two separate incidents last year.

Some of the incidents have been said to stem from technical malfunctions, while others have been blamed by the Islamic Republic on its enemies, including the US and Israel.

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