Morning Blasts Caused by Landmine Diffusion

A0234377.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The two blasts which scared many to death this morning were both caused by a landmine diffusion operation in a field in the vicinity of Khorramshahr, a city official said.

Speaking to FNA correspondent in the southwestern port city of Khorramshahr on Wednesday, governor general Mohammad Ali Shirali assured that the city had already been informed of the blasts through the mass media.

“We are decisive to clean all the mine fields in the area in a bid to restore normal conditions in this region and pave the ground for the economic prosperity of Khorramshahr and the surrounding villages and areas,” he reminded.

Two giant blasts jolted the city of Khorramshahr, Khuzestan province at 10:45 hours local time (07:15 GMT) on Wednesday.

FNA dispatches said local residents poured into the streets in great panic.

It is now 2 years that landmine diffusion units of the Islamic Republic army have been defusing and cleaning the field in Shalamcheh, nearby Khorramshahr in southwestern Iran, and more than 60 explosions have so far rocked the city of Khorramshahr in the said period.

The landmine fields are a remnant of the past, when Iraq imposed 8 years of war and bloodshed on Iran.

Officials always claim that the local TV and radio station is informed of the plan in advance, but FNA reporter said that the local TV and radio station does not usually broadcast such news for unknown reasons, adding that uncalled explosions have been a routine and typical of the diffusion teams in the last two years.

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