At least 19 dead as explosion hits clinic in Iran

At least 19 dead as explosion hits clinic in Iran

A blast in a busy neighborhood of Iran's capital killed over a dozen people, state media reported, marking the second large explosion in Tehran province in less than a week.

But Jalal Maleki, spokesman for the Tehran fire department, was quoted as saying that firefighters recovered six more bodies after the ensuing blaze was extinguished.

Seven people were treated at the scene, according to the emergency services organization's public relations.

Authorities initially said that 13 people were killed and six others injured in the blast at the Sina At'har health center on June 30.

The explosion occurred in the underground floors of the building which caused smoke to rise up through the floors, the agency reported, adding that firefighters have been able to localize the fire. "They unfortunately lost their lives due to the heat and thick smoke".

Speaking on state television, a defence ministry spokesman claimed it was caused by a tank leak at a gas storage facility.

At last 10 ambulances were deployed to the site and a nearby hospital went on alert to receive additional injured if necessary.

Videos on social media show people gathered outside of the building.

Witness Marjan Haghighi told The Associated Press that police blocked roads to the neighbourhood.

State TV said there could be more explosions because there were a number of oxygen tanks remaining in the medical centre.

Iran's capital Tehran was earlier hit with an explosion near a military complex.

It had come under scrutiny from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency in 2015.

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