Dead mayor’s denial exposes Tehran’s attempt to cover up the truth behind mysterious explosion amid a string of fires and blasts in the country – including one at a nuclear facility
- Iranian media wheeled out a former mayor to dismiss Friday’s blast in Tehran
- Mayor of Garmdareh said it was an ‘explosion at a factory making gas cylinders’
- But other media discovered that the mayor had been dead for over a year
- Adds fuel to belief that Iranian officials are trying to hide what is really going on
Tehran has repeatedly dismissed a series of mysterious explosions as nothing more than unfortunate accidents.
Just last week, Iranian media wheeled out a former mayor to dismiss Friday’s blast in western Tehran as nothing more than an ‘explosion at a factory making gas cylinders’.
But they were embarrassingly caught out not long after – when other media outlets discovered the mayor of Garmdareh had been dead for over a year.
Other reports said the explosion actually occurred at a missile and chemical warehouse and the blast injured 11.
A string of explosions have swept across Iran over the past two weeks, amid suspicions that Israel or the US may have been behind at least one of them
A fire broke out on July 4 at the Zergan power plant (pictured) in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran
The fire in Ahvaz affected one of the station’s transformers and caused partial electricity outages before it was put out and electricity was restored
On July 2, a fire and an explosion occurred at Natanz uranium enrichment plant (pictured) which develops centrifuges. These are needed to make uranium – and other nuclear weapons
The Natanz complex is mostly underground and is among the sites now monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency after Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers
The blunder adds fuel to the wide-spread belief that Iranian officials are furiously trying to hide the real reasons why explosions keep occurring – and sparks questions about whether Israel and the US could be behind the attacks.
Other reports have suggested that an anti-government group that call themselves the Homeland Cheetahs have claimed responsibility for some of the attacks.
The country has seen a series of explosions in recent weeks.
The first happened on June 26. A factory making cruise missiles and another producing ammunition were hit in Khojir, Tehran, local media reported.
A gas leak at a medical clinic caused an explosion killing 19 and injuring six on June 30
Pictured: First responders carry away an injured person on a stretcher at the scene of an explosion at the Sina At’har health centre in Tehran
Tehran Deputy Governor Hamid Reza Goudarzi told state television that blast at the centre (pictured) was triggered by a gas leak. The fire department said gas canisters caught fire in the clinic’s basement
This was then followed by a gas leak at a medical clinic which caused an explosion killing 19 and injuring six on June 30.
Tehran Deputy Governor Hamid Reza Goudarzi told state television that blast was triggered by a gas leak. The fire department said gas canisters caught fire in the clinic’s basement.
Then on July 2, a fire and an explosion occurred at Natanz uranium enrichment plant which develops centrifuges. These are needed to make uranium – and other nuclear weapons.
Power outages then occurred when a fire broke out at a power plant in Shiraz
A fire then broke out on July 4 at the Zergan power plant in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.
The blaze caused a transformer in the station to explode and ignite the plant – which in turn caused partial electricity outages before it was put out.
Another fire was reported on Sunday at a facility belonging to the Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company in southwest Iran – but was quickly contained.
The fire was caused by an oil leak but did not lead to any casualties, Mohsen Beyranvand, the governor of Mahshahr county said, according to IRNA.
This fire occurred shortly after the explosion in the basement of a home in Iran.
They implied that the injured man worked with the cylinders and this caused the blast to occur.
Policy Director of United Against Nuclear Iran Jason Brodsky told Fox News: ‘There is evidence of a concerted campaign underway to thwart Iran’s nuclear program.’
Cyber-intelligence expert and CEO of TrustedSec David Kennedy added: ‘Although many are asking the question, was this a cyber-attack or physical sabotage, the answer could be “both.”
‘The most likely suspects are the U.S. and Israel working in tandem.’