Guard commander killed was missile expert: Iran

Last Updated: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 00:28

Tehran: Iran`s powerful Revolutionary Guard says a commander killed in an explosion at an ammunition depot west of Tehran was a key figure in Iran`s missile program.

General Hasan Moghaddam was killed together with 16 other Guard members on Saturday at a military site outside Bidganeh village, 25 miles (40 kilometres) southwest of Tehran. The Guard says the accidental explosion occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Guard praised Moghaddam, saying the military force will not forget his "effective role in the development of the country`s defence”.
The Revolutionary Guard is a key Iranian military force closely tied to the country`s powerful clerics.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 00:28

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