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Iran says blast happened during military research

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:40 GMT
Author: Reuters
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TEHRAN, Nov 16 (Reuters) - A massive explosion that killed 17 troops including an officer regarded as the architect of Iran's missile defences last week took place during research on weapons that could strike Israel, the armed forces chief of staff said on Wednesday.

Hassan Firouzabadi, quoted by the student news agency ISNA, denied that Israeli or U.S. sabotage was to blame.

"This recent incident and blast has no link to Israel or America but the outcome of the research, of which the incident happened as a consequence, could be a strong smack to the mouth of Israel and its occupying regime," he said. (Reporting by Ramin Mostafavi; Writing by Robin Pomeroy)

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