Report: Drone Attack Behind Mysterious Blast at Iranian Ballistic Missile Site

A dark plume of smoke rises up from a main oil refinery south of Tehran, Iran, in 2021. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

A mysterious blast occurred in western Tehran overnight Friday following a drone attack on a ballistic missile development facility, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas reported Sunday.

Iranian sources were quoted by an Iranian opposition journalist living in exile as saying that the target of the alleged attack was a strategic base belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the capital.

The sources said the short-range rockets along with ballistic missiles were being developed at the military complex.

According to Al-Qabas, which has not been confirmed by other sources, it appears the alleged attack was carried out by drones that took off from an area a mere 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the targeted base. The reports also added that the base was considered one of the Iranian military industry’s most important facilities.

Al-Qabas also reported that the drones used to carry out the alleged attack were smuggled into Iran piece by piece and then reassembled.

Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami reportedly visited the site on Saturday morning, likely to assess the damage. It was also reported that Iranian air bases were put on high alert in the wake of the alleged attack.

The New York Times recently reported that a May 26 explosion at the Parchin military research complex south of Tehran was also the result of a drone strike.

That blast reportedly killed an Iranian engineer and wounded another, and according to “three knowledgeable sources,” it was caused by quadcopter suicide drones that crashed into a building housing a research facility associated with Iran’s drone development program.

The strike came only days after a senior member of the IRGC’s clandestine Quds Force, Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, was assassinated in Tehran.

Khodaei was linked to a series of botched Iranian attempts to target Israelis overseas and the Times alleged in a separate report that Israel has told US officials that it was behind the hit.

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