September 06, 2012
HÜRRIYET, HABER 7 (Turkey)
At least 25 Turkish soldiers were confirmed dead Thursday, after a military depot exploded in the western province of Afyonkarahisar. Terrorism has been ruled out as a cause of the blast, which also left at least eight injured.
Veysel Eroglu, the Minister of Forestry and Water, says the explosion Wednesday night was caused by a hand grenade that was dropped accidentally during a routine stock check, the Istanbul-based daily Hürriyet reported.
“There was no external intervention. There certainly was no sabotage or anything like that,” Eroglu said. The impact of the explosion has made it impossible for officials to identify the bodies of the soldiers. They have consequently been sent to Ankara for DNA testing.
Witnesses in the area said the blaze set the night sky alight, and spread across one kilometer, causing a fire that threatened many houses in the vicinity. (Watch footage of the blaze below)
Civilians in the area were evacuated overnight, according to the news channel Haber 7.
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