The late mayor’s denial reveals Tehran’s attempt to cover up the truth behind a mysterious explosion
Dead mayor’s denial reveals Tehran’s attempt to cover up the truth behind mysterious explosion amid a series of fires and blasts across the country – including one in a nuclear facility
- Iranian media has sent a former mayor away to fire Saturday night’s blast
- Garmdareh Mayor said it was ‘an explosion in a factory making gas cylinders’
- But other media found that the mayor had been dead for over a year
- Adds fuel to believe Iranian officials are trying to hide what’s really going on
Tehran has repeatedly dismissed a series of mysterious explosions as nothing more than unfortunate accidents.
And this weekend, Iranian media has sent away a former mayor to fire Saturday night’s blast – which caused shock waves from buildings and injured a man in the capital – as nothing more than an ‘explosion in a gas bottle factory’.
But not long after, they were embarrassingly caught – when others Media outlets discovered that the mayor of Garmdareh had been dead for over a year.
The Tehran Fire Department quickly jumped in to say that the explosion – which caused a power outage – actually happened in the basement of a two-story house with about 30 gas bottles, The Jerusalem Post reports.
They suggested that the injured man worked with the cylinders and this caused the explosion.
Iran has been engulfed in a series of explosions in the past two weeks, with suspicions that Israel or the US may have been behind at least one of them.
On July 4, a fire broke out at the Zergan power plant (photo) in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran
The fire in Ahvaz hit one of the station’s transformers and caused partial power outages before it was extinguished and electricity was restored
On July 2, a fire and explosion occurred at Natanz’s uranium enrichment plant (photo), which develops centrifuges. These are necessary to make uranium and other nuclear weapons
The Natanz complex is largely underground and is among the locations now controlled by the International Atomic Energy Agency following the 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers in Iran
The blunder fuels the widespread belief that Iranian officials are furiously trying to hide the real reasons explosions continue to take place – raising questions about whether Israel and the US could be behind the attacks.
Other reports have suggested that an anti-government group calling itself the Homeland Cheetahs has claimed responsibility for some attacks.
The Saturday incident was the latest in a series of explosions.
The first took place on June 26. A factory that produced cruise missiles and another that produced ammunition were hit in Khojir, Tehran, Local media reported.
A gas leak in a medical clinic caused an explosion that killed 19 and injured six on June 30
Pictured: First responders drag an injured road on a stretcher at the site of an explosion at Sina At’har health center in Tehran
Tehran’s vice governor, Hamid Reza Goudarzi, told state television that the explosion in the center (photo) was caused by a gas leak. The fire brigade said gas cylinders caught fire in the clinic’s basement
This was followed by a gas leak in a medical clinic that caused an explosion that killed 19 and injured six on June 30.
Tehran’s vice governor Hamid Reza Goudarzi told state television that the explosion was caused by a gas leak. The fire brigade said gas cylinders caught fire in the clinic’s basement.
On July 2, a fire and explosion occurred at Natanz’s uranium enrichment plant developing centrifuges. These are necessary to make uranium and other nuclear weapons.
Power outages then occurred when a fire broke out in a power plant in Shiraz
On July 4, a fire broke out at the Zergan power plant in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.
The fire caused a transformer in the station to explode and set the factory on fire – which in turn led to partial power outages before shutting down.
Another fire was reported on Sunday at a facility of the Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company in southwestern Iran, but was quickly brought under control.
The fire was caused by an oil spill, but it has not resulted in any casualties, said Mohsen Beyranvand, the governor of Mahshahr Province, IRNA said.
This fire took place shortly after the explosion in the basement of a house in Iran.
United Against Nuclear Iran policy director, Jason Brodsky said Fox news“There are indications that a joint campaign is underway to thwart Iran’s nuclear program.”
Cyber-intelligence expert and TrustedSec CEO David Kennedy added: “While many are asking the question this was a cyber attack or physical sabotage, the answer could be ‘both’.
“The most likely suspects are the US and Israel working together.”