Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other high-ranking officials of the Islamic Republic attended the funeral for Maj. Gen. Hassan Tehrani Moghadam and 16 other IRGC personnel who were killed on Saturday’s explosion at their base in west Tehran.
Gen. Tehrani Moghdam was hailed in a eulogy at the funeral as the “architect” of the military’s missile forces.
“Martyr Tehrani Moqaddam was the main architect of the IRGC’s canon and missile power and the founder of the deterrent power of our country,” said IRGC Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami [IRIB, 14 November].
Gen. Tehrani Moghadam taught at the prestigious Imam Hossein University (IHU). He was the commanding general of IRGC Amir-al-Mo’menin base, believed to be IRGC’s ballistic missile base, which was hit by two explosions on Saturday.
The IRGC has ruled out possibility of any attack or sabotage and has said the explosions occurred when its personnel were moving ammunition inside the base. No independent verification of the cause of the incident was available.
Photo: Ayatollah Khamenei at the funeral ceremonies. The coffin in front is that of Gen. Tehrani Moghadam. Fars News Agency Photo