Iran: A massive explosion in an underground missile factory that rocked Tehran and sent an enormous fireball into the sky was almost certainly caused by sabotage, a leading security analyst told Arab News.
The blast took place at the Khojir military explosive manufacturing and testing site in the Parchin region of the Alborz mountains roughly 12 miles southeast of Tehran.
The factory, which features a secret underground tunnel system, produces and tests both ballistic and cruise missiles. New satellite imagery of the site revealed hundreds of meters of blackened, parched terrain.
“Although military and defense industry accidents do occur in Iran, the consensus appears to be a cyberstrike by Israel against Iran,” said Dr. Theodore Karasik, senior adviser at Gulf State Analytics in Washington, DC.
Cyber attacks between Israel and Iran are nothing new. An unprecedented Iranian cyberattack targeted six facilities in Israel’s water infrastructure on April 24-25 nearly dumped lethal levels of chemicals into the Israeli water system. In response, Israel carried out a cyberattack of their own against Iran shutting down one of the country’s major ports for days.