Explosion hits Revolutionary Guard base in Iran, report says

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An explosion on Tuesday evening hit a base in Iran belonging to the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, according to state media reports. No casualties or damage have been reported.

State news agency IRNA said the explosion occurred during an “ammunition movement” at the Guard base on the outskirts of the city of Damghan in northern Semnan province.

The report did not provide further details on the origin of the explosion. IRNA added that the incident was under investigation.

The Guard, whose expeditionary forces operate across the Middle East and help militant groups allied with Iran, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian group Hamas, and Iran’s military have come under attack before, increasing tensions in the region.

In February, satellite photos showed damage to what Iran described at the time as a military workshop targeted by Israeli drones, the latest such assault amid a shadow war between the two countries. Iran offered no explanation of what the workshop was making.

International concerns have grown over Tehran enriching uranium closer than ever to weapons levels, with experts warning the Islamic Republic has enough fuel to build “several” atomic bombs if it so desired.

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