Iran explosions: Officials deny reports of fresh blast

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Iranian officials have denied reports of an explosion west of the capital Tehran on Thursday, the latest in a series of mysterious blasts to hit the country in recent weeks. Social media users reported hearing explosions in the nearby cities of Garmdareh and Qods, state media said. It is not clear where the reported incident took place. Key sites including nuclear facilities and oil refineries have been damaged in recent incidents. In July Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation confirmed a fire took place at a nuclear plant in Natanz. The incident is reported to have set back Iran’s nuclear programme.