Iran reports blast at Revolutionary Guards base during ‘movement of ammunition’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An explosion this evening struck a base in Iran belonging to the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, according to reports on state media. No casualties or damages are reported.

The state-run IRNA news agency says the blast occurred during a “movement of ammunition” at the Guard base on the outskirts of the city of Damghan, in northern Semnan province.

The report offers no other details about the source of the explosion. IRNA adds that the incident is under investigation.

The Guard, whose expeditionary forces operate across the wider Middle East and aid Iranian-allied terror groups such as the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas, and Iran’s military have been targeted before, raising tensions in the region.

In February, satellite photos showed damage to what Iran at the time described as a military workshop targeted by Israeli drones, the latest such assault amid a shadow war between the two countries. Iran offered no explanation of what the workshop manufactured.

International concerns have mounted over Tehran enriching uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels, with experts warning the Islamic Republic has enough fuel to build “several” atomic bombs if it chooses.

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