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Members of Iran Revolutionary Guard killed in ammunition blast

By Thomas Erdbrink
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 2:13 PM

TEHRAN - Some members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed in an explosion that occurred when ammunition stored in one of their bases caught fire Tuesday, the Sepah News Web site operated by the Guards reported.

It was unclear if the incident in the western Iranian city of Khorramabad was an accident or the result of terrorism or sabotage. "After a fire reached an ammunition storage there was an explosion and unfortunately a number of service men were killed and wounded, Sepah News said on its Web site. It did not provide any details on the number of dead and wounded.

The semi-official Fars News agency said firefighters and rescue teams were dispatched to the scene and the injured were rushed to the hospital. According to the Islamic Republic News agency, the base was used as a training center.

Last month a bomb blast killed 12 people and injured 80 in the ethnic Kurdish city of Mahabad during a parade by members of the army and the Revolutionary Guards. Authorities blamed "anti-revolutionary" militants backed by Iran's foreign enemies and said they killed 30 rebels responsible for the attack.

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