One engineer killed in ‘industrial accident’ at Iran research center

File – A view of the facilities at the Parchin military site in Iran. (DigitalGlobe satellite and courtesy of the Institute for Science and International Security via AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — An engineer was killed in an “industrial accident” at a research center at the Parchin military site affiliated with Iran’s Defense Ministry, Iranian media reported on Thursday.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that the incident took place in one of the factories in the Parchin area on Wednesday.

An employee was also wounded in the incident, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said.

The Parchin complex, southeast of Tehran, is alleged to have hosted past testing of conventional explosives that could be used to detonate a nuclear warhead, something Iran has repeatedly denied, according to AFP.

In June 2020, a gas tank explosion in a “public area” near the complex shook the capital, 30 kilometers (20 miles) away, but caused no casualties, the defense ministry said at the time.

Iran’s nuclear program has been the target of a campaign of sabotage, cyberattacks and assassinations of key scientists that it has blamed on Israel.

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