25 sol­diers hurt af­ter ar­tillery ‘ac­ci­dent’

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - WORLD -

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: At least 25 Turk­ish sol­diers were in­jured and seven were re­ported miss­ing af­ter an ar­tillery shell ex­ploded ‘ac­ci­den­tally’ at a mil­i­tary base in the coun­try’s south­east, au­thor­i­ties said.

Turkey’s de­fence min­istry said the ex­plo­sion oc­curred ‘while fir­ing heavy weapon am­mu­ni­tion’ at the base in Sungu Tepe in the Hakkari prov­ince near Turkey’s borders with Iraq and Iran.

Twenty-five sol­diers were hos­pi­talised, but of­fi­cials did not give de­tails on the sever­ity of their in­juries. Seven sol­diers were miss­ing, the min­istry said.

The gov­ern­ment has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Hakkari said in a state­ment that ‘de­fec­tive’ am­mu­ni­tion ex­ploded dur­ing ar­tillery fire. It was not clear whether this hap­pened dur­ing a com­bat mis­sion, or an ex­er­cise. — AFP

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