Petrochemical company in southern Iran comes under armed attack

A petrochemical company in southern Iran was reportedly attacked by gunmen, starting a large fire that burned nearly a dozen vehicles.

According to ISNAthe incident happened at the petrochemical company Rahavaran Fonoun – owned by the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Corporation, aka Persian Gulf Holding – in the port city of Mahshahr, Khuzestan province, early on Saturday.

Details of the attack are yet to be released but according to reports, armed men entered the company’s premises, smashed the windows of the security enclosure and set fire to the cars in the parking lot.

The company’s public relations manager, Hamid Danesh, alias Fars news that “the breaking of security complex windows, as in this incident, clashes with company security forces and also theft have been among similar cases in recent months”.

Mahshahr Petrochemical’s Special Economic Zone Organization public relations officer Mohsen Adib told ISNA that the incident was not “a terrorist attack”, but had a “security dimension “, without providing further details.

Earlier in November, an oil and A gas pipeline in the province of Khuzestan exploded and caught fire in what official media said was the result of metal “fatigue”.

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