Early on July 2, Malek Ashtar base of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was reportedly hit by at least two explosions.
The London-based Iran International shared a video on social media of the reported explosions at the base that is located to the southeast of the Iranian capital, Tehran.
Iranian official media and websites affiliated with the IRGC ignored the reports. However, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) claimed responsibility for the alleged explosions. In a statement, the group said that the explosions were orchestrated by what it called “revolutionary cells”.
The MEK, which used large-scale violence in the 1980s and 1990s, is designated by Iran as a terrorist group. In 1997, the group was listed by the US as a “foreign terrorist organization,” but was removed from the list in 2012.
This was not the first time explosions were reported at key Iranian military installations this year. On May 25, several explosions rocked the highly-secretive Parchin military complex, which is located to the southeast of Tehran. The explosions, which claimed the life of mechanical engineer Ehsan Qadbeigi, were later revealed to be the result of an attack with suicide drones. The Israeli intelligence was unofficially blamed for the attack.
The alleged explosions at the IRGC’s Malek Ashtar base may be nothing but a propaganda stunt, or a new attack by the Israeli intelligence in which the MEK was used as a cover.