Report: Israelis confirm explosion at Fordow facility

January 28, 2013 19:15

Israeli intelligence officials reportedly confirmed that an explosion damaged Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, which is being used to enrich uranium, The Sunday Times reported.

According to the report, an Israeli official said the country is still in the "preliminary stages of understanding what happened and how significant it is." The Times quoted the official as saying  he did not know if the explosion was "sabotage or accident."

The Times
said the official refused to comment on reports that Israeli aircraft were seen near the facility at the time of the explosion.

Israel believes Iran has not evacuated the surrounding area, The Times reported.

According to the report, penned by former Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Reza Kahlili, for the website, the explosion “destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground.”

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