A former head of an Iranian state-run organization with close links to the ruling regime in Tehran accused Israel of being behind the blast at a missile base near the Iranian capital Saturday that killed a top commander of the country's Revolutionary Guards, the London-based Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday.
"I believe that Saturday's explosion was part of the covert war against Iran, led by Israel," the UK newspaper quoted an unnamed former official as saying.
Iran has said that the explosion was an accident that occurred as Revolutionary Guard soldiers were moving munitions at the base.
The official alleged that the blast over the weekend and a similar explosion that took place at an Iranian missile base in October of last year "were the work of sabotage by agents of Israel, aimed at halting Iran's missile program," the Guardian reported.
On Monday, American TIME magazine cited a Western intelligence official who also claimed that Israel's Mossad was behind the missile base explosion.