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Iran explosion – ‘huge blast’ heard near Natanz nuclear facility as reports claim ‘drone shot down’


A “HUGE explosion” has been reportedly heard near a nuclear facility in Iran as reports claim a drone was shot down.

Local media reports claim a bright light was seen in the sky over the central city of Natanz, which houses the country’s nuclear enrichment facility.

Natanz nuclear facility in Iran

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Natanz nuclear facility in IranCredit: EPA

It’s not yet clear what caused the blast but unconfirmed reports say an unidentified drone was shot down, according to the MailOnline.

The semi-official Fars news agency quoted its reporter in nearby Badroud, where the facility is located, as saying a short blast was heard which was accompanied by an intense light in the sky.

Iranian news websites, including Fararunews, stated: “Local sources have reported hearing a large explosion in the Natanz sky.

“No official source has yet confirmed or denied the report.”

However, Iran’s military has since said the explosion was related the testing of its air defense systems.

The military said it had fired a missile as part of an exercise on Saturday to test a rapid reaction force over Natanz, state TV reported

Iran‘s State News Agency has also quoted an air defence commander saying there are no safety concerns following the explosion.

In 2014, Iran shot down an Israeli drone near the Natanz nuclear complex, according to the BBC.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they’re fired at a stealth drone that approached the area, some 300km from the capital, Tehran.

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