4 dead, 97 in­jured in Turkey blast

The Asian Age - - World -

Ankara: An ex­plo­sion at a fire­works fac­tory in north­west­ern Turkey on Fri­day killed four peo­ple and in­jured at least 97 oth­ers, of­fi­cials said. There were 186 work­ers at the fac­tory out­side the town of Hen­dek, in Sakarya prov­ince, Health Min­is­ter Fahret­tin Koca told re­porters. Koca, who trav­elled to the area along with two other min­is­ters, said the ex­plo­sion killed four work­ers while 97 oth­ers were hos­pi­talised. Six­teen of the in­jured were later dis­charged, he said, adding that of the re­main­ing work­ers, just one was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The cause of the blast at the fac­tory, which is away from res­i­den­tial ar­eas, was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Two he­li­copters and a plane were sent to the area to as­sist fire­fight­ers teams, whose ef­forts were ham­pered by con­tin­u­ing ex­plo­sions.

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