| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

Explosion at rocket and explosives factory in Turkey kills 5

According to an official statement, an explosion took place on Saturday at a rocket and explosives facility in Turkey, resulting in the collapse of a building and the tragic death of all five workers present. The incident occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m. at the compound of the state-owned Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation, situated on the outskirts of the capital city, Ankara. Governor Vasip Sahin provided this information during a press briefing.
Sahin said the explosion was likely to have been caused by a chemical reaction during the production of dynamite. Prosecutors have launched a formal investigation, he said.
Gray smoke was seen rising from the compound as ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the area, private NTV television reported.
Shop and house windows in surrounding areas were shattered by the force of the blast, the report said.
Family members rushed to the compound for news of their loved ones, the station said.

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