November 12, 2011

Fifteen soldiers have been killed in a huge explosion at a military base near Iran’s capital of Tehran, officials say.

The blast occurred when weapons were being moved inside a Revolutionary Guards depot, a spokesman for the elite unit told state TV.

Windows in nearby buildings were shattered and the blast was heard in central Tehran, 40 km (25 miles) away.

A helicopter and ambulances have reportedly been sent to the scene.

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