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Thursday 15 November 2018

Turkey ammunition depot blast leaves seven soldiers dead

The president said the cause of the blast was under investigation.

Turkish army officers and soldiers walk at the mausoleum of the nation’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)
Turkish army officers and soldiers walk at the mausoleum of the nation’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

At least seven soldiers have been killed and 25 others wounded in an explosion at an ammunition depot at a base in Turkey.

The Defence Ministry previously said that 25 soldiers were wounded and seven others were missing following an unexplained accident during the firing of heavy weapons ammunition.

The blast occurred at a base in Hakkari province, bordering Iraq and Iran.

The base is mainly used for operations targeting outlawed Kurdish rebels.

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — speaking at a memorial marking the 80th anniversary of the death of the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — said the incident involved an ammunition depot explosion and resulted in four deaths.

He later told reporters before departing for Paris that seven soldiers were killed and 25 others were wounded in the explosion.

Four of the wounded were in serious condition and were being evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Ankara, Mr Erdogan said.

The others were hospitalised in Hakkari province.

The president said the cause of the blast was under investigation.

It was not clear if the explosion occurred during training or a clash against rebels.

Press Association

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