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February 17, 2005

Iran blast cause remains mystery

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

- BBC News via SpiritDaily
Iranian authorities have been issuing confusing statements about an explosion in the southern province of Bushehr.

The cause of the blast near Daylam remains unclear, but officials are now saying it was caused by a controlled explosion in a dam building site.

Earlier an interior ministry spokesman said it might have been caused by a "friendly fire" incident.

Witnesses reported seeing a missile fired from an aircraft and also that an Iranian plane had dropped a fuel tank.

Iran state TV Al-Alam was the first to break the story, reporting a explosion near the Bushehr nuclear site, possibly caused by a rocket from an aircraft.

Then it changed its story to say the blast occurred near Daylam, around 150km (93 miles) north of Bushehr reactor, and might have been the result of an aircraft accidentally dropping its fuel tank.

Posted by Hyscience at February 17, 2005 11:34 PM

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