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Conflicting comments continue on the sound of explosions in western Iran

A day after residents heard a series of loud explosions in western Iran, authorities continue to give conflicting explanations, with no clear conclusion.

The explosions were heard in many towns in the provinces of Kermanshah, Hamedan and Kordestan on Saturday evening, causing much speculation and rumors from locals and officials.

Shortly after the blasts, Saeed Ketabi, the governor of Asadabad city in Hamadan province – believed to be the epicenter of the blasts – confirmed that a loud noise had been heard and dismissed earlier reports of the noise from thunders and storms.

Meanwhile, some sources claimed the sounds were part of an Islamic Republic Armed Forces air defense exercise and some reports quoted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as saying they had launched air defense exercises. In the region.

Social media reported that there was anti-aircraft activity with some Twitter users saying an anti-aircraft missile was fired and then there was an explosion near or at a military base.

However, the Khatam al-Anbia air defense base dismissed the news, saying no military training, exercises or operations took place in the country on Saturday night.

Iranian aviation authorities have added to the mystery by confirming that flights were canceled in western Iran at the time the explosions were heard, but say it was only because of weather conditions, and not from an explosion.

After a series of contradictory and failed explanations, the authorities apparently reverted to the old version they had put forward, to give the impression of being in control. Interior Ministry officials said on Sunday that the loud noises heard in several western towns were the result of lightning.

An unnamed ‘informed source’ is quoted by Tasnim – a news agency linked to the IRGC – as saying the sounds were actually ‘thunder and lightning’, as if residents of the Zagros Mountains region were new to the world. phenomenon.

The source also denied reports attributing the noises to acts of sabotage or a foreign attack. Similar explosion sounds were heard in early December around the Natanz nuclear facility in central Iran, which officials say came from military exercises.

Earlier this month, the sound of aa loud explosion was heard in a town near Tehran, prompting the IRGC to announce it following a “controlled rocket launch”.

Tensions are high in the region amid Iran’s nuclear talks with world powers. Israel has repeatedly said it will not tolerate Iran reaching a nuclear breaking point, while Tehran has threatened severe retaliation in the event of an attack.

Iran has held several military exercises in recent months.

After the downing of Ukrainian flight PS752 with two missiles in January 2020, the Iranian government and the IRGC tried to hide the real cause for three days, and only admitted that the tragic incident was not a plane crash Ordinary, after amateur video footage emerged showing the plane exploding.