12 soldiers killed, 20 injured in west Iran blast

Blast, involving Revolutionary Gurds, being described as accidental; fire ignites military base with ties to Iran's presidency.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 12, 2010 20:18
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TEHRAN, Iran — An explosion killed 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards at a military base in western Iran, local news agencies reported Tuesday.

The Fars News Agency, which is close to the Guards, said that blast also injured several others, who were taken to hospitals in Khoramabad, some 300 miles (500 kilometers) southwest of capital.

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The Guards' official website added that a fire ignited the base's ammunition depot, but did not indicate how the blaze had started.

Most Iranian news agencies described the explosion as accidental.

The Mashreghnews.ir news website was the sole outlet to give an exact toll, reporting that 12 guards and been killed and 20 injured. The site has ties to Iran's presidency.

Iran  is battling separatist movements in the southeast along the border with Pakistan and in the northwest along the border with Iraq, but both these areas are hundreds of miles from Khoramabad.


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