Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and and Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari have attended the funeral of a senior military officer who was killed in an explosion at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps arms depot that authorities said was an accident.
Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (center) and Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari (center left) pray over the coffins of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps officers killed in the November 12 blast near Tehran.
Funeral processions were held on Monday for 17 personnel of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps who were killed in two explosions at a munitions depot, about 40 kilometers southwest of Tehran. Major General Hassan Tehrani Moqaddam, the director of the IRGC Jihad Self-Sufficiency Organization, was among those martyred in the incident on Saturday. Moqaddam had been described as the "architect" of Iran's missile defenses.
The event was attended by the Supreme Leader, senior military officials, Majlis speaker, Judiciary chief, Supreme National Security Council secretary, Tehran mayor, intelligence minister, a number of other officials, and a large number of ordinary people.
Coffin of General Hassan Tehrani Moqaddam with his poster in the background
Authorities said the massive blast happened when soldiers were moving munitions at their base west of Tehran. They denied suggestions it may have been sabotage.
Supreme Leader held talks with the family members of the deceased on the sidelines of the ceremony.
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