Iran says explosion at military site in Isfahan caused by drone attack
Iran’s Defense Ministry said one of its facilities in Isfahan was attacked by drones.
A drone attack targeted a military site linked to Iran’s Defense Ministry in the central city of Isfahan late on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement.
The statement referred to the incident as an “unsuccessful attack.” It did not attribute responsibility to any specific country or group.
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“On the evening of January 28, around 23:30, an unsuccessful attack was carried out using (drones) on one of the workshop complexes of the Defense Ministry, and fortunately … one of (the drones) was hit by the … air defence and the other two were caught in defense traps and blew up,” the statement read.
“Fortunately, this unsuccessful attack did not cause any loss of life and caused minor damage to the workshop’s roof,” it added.
Earlier, the deputy governor of Isfahan confirmed that an explosion had occurred at a facility affiliated with the Defense Ministry following reports of a loud blast heard in the city.
Video from Isfahan this evening where there was an explosion this evening at an #Iran MODAFL ammunition manufacturing facility, per Iranian media. Here in this video the narrator claims there was a drone involved. pic.twitter.com/eyBxMUCCWC— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) January 28, 2023
There have been several incidents of explosions and fires at Iranian military, nuclear, and industrial facilities in recent years.
In July, Iran announced the arrest of a group of Kurdish militants, accusing them of working for Israel and planning to bomb a defense industry facility in Isfahan.
The Iranian Defense Ministry’s statement came as efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which lifted international sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program, have stalled for months.
Israel has accused Iran of attempting to develop nuclear weapons, which Iran denies.
Israel has previously warned that it would take military action if diplomatic efforts fail to curb Iran’s rapidly advancing nuclear program.