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At Least Five Killed in Blast at Rocket and Explosives Factory in Ankara

10 Jun 2023 20:18

Islam Times - An explosion at a rocket and explosives factory has killed five workers in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

The incident took place at the compound of the state-owned Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation factory in the Elmadag district, east of the capital, Ankara.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately known, though the governor of Ankara, Vasip Sahin, said it was likely due to a chemical reaction during dynamite production.

Sahin told reporters that no more workers were trapped, or waiting to be rescued, or sent to hospital.

An investigation is underway, with several ambulances and firefighters sent to the factory.

The families of those working in the compound have been gathering there to find out more.

The blast was so forceful that it shattered windows in shops and houses nearby, Turkey's NTV news channel reported.

The factory produces missiles for the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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