Tehran (The Times Groupe)- Iran’s Parchin military complex was hit with a deadly explosion on Wednesday, caused by quadcopter suicide drones, The New York Times reported. The attack was the latest in a long line of attacks attributed to Israel, the report said.
A US official, along with three Iranian sources, confirmed drones struck the site, but declined to suggest who was responsible for the attack. Drones reportedly exploded into a building used for research on Iran’s drone development.
A person died and one was injured in the blast.
This attack follows a pattern of previous Israeli strikes, including previous strikes against Iran’s drone program, according to the report.
Iranian sources told the Times that the drone attack originated within Iran, close to the Parchin military base where the Islamic Republic develops missile, nuclear and drone technology, noting that quadcopter drones have a short flight range and Parchin is far from Iran’s borders.
Although Iranian officials initially called the explosion an accident, the Defense Ministry later called it an incident and called the casualty a martyr, suggesting that Tehran is convinced it was the work of a foreign power.
Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said on Thursday that the killing “will be responded to … our enemies must wait,” without naming them.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Israel-trained operatives have launched a drone attack from within Iran’s borders.
The Israeli government did not comment on Wednesday’s incident, but it mirrored others that have taken place recently in Iran and Lebanon. Those incidents were targeted by Jerusalem at Tehran’s efforts to transfer drone technology to its proxies across the Middle East.
Earlier this year, Iran fired missiles at a site in Iraq that it claimed was an Israeli intelligence base following a reported Israeli UAV attack near Kermanshah.
The alleged Israeli drone struck a facility in Karaj that assembles centrifuges for uranium enrichment at Natanz and Fordow last June. TESA stands for Iran Centrifuge Technology Company.
An Israeli military official told the New York Times that the country has invested significant resources to detect and destroy such weapons, which pose a special threat since they can avoid antimissile systems such as Iron Dome.
Intelligence officials told the Times that Iranian drones attacked Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen, and even a US base in Syria.
Gunmen killed an officer of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the middle of Tehran days before Wednesday’s attack.