No Russian missile landed in Iran, says senior commander
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 10
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Deputy Commander of the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Masoud Jazayeri has dismissed recent reports about four Russian cruise missiles' landing on Iran's soil.
"The US officials are trying to cast shadow upon Russia's successful anti-terrorist operations through these reports", Iran's state-run television channel IRINN quoted Jazayeri as saying Oct. 10.
Jazayeri was also reported to say that at a time when Russian operations against terrorists in Syria have been effective, the US side releases wrong propaganda.
Russia fired a total of 26 long-range missiles from ships in the Caspian Sea at targets in Syria on Oct. 7.
Several days after the missile strikes, the US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said his country has indications that four Russian cruise missiles crashed in Iran, rather than Syria, suggesting there were malfunctions.
It wasn't however made clear whether the errant missiles, launched from Russian ships, caused any significant damage in Iran.
Meanwhile, some Iranian local news portals have reported about explosions and flying objects in several Iranian towns.
Local news reports have mentioned sightings of unidentified flying objects, and eyewitnesses have reported seeing explosions and damaged buildings.
The reports have emerged from the north-western provinces of West Azerbaijan and Kurdistan, and in Gilan Province, which borders the Caspian Sea.
A local news portal reported that the blast near Qizqapan village in Iran's north-western West Azerbaijan province had injured two people and had killed livestock.
The Russian government and state-run Iranian media in turn accused the United States of inaccurate and deceptive statements.
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