25 Dead in Turkish Ammo Explosion

    A woman watches as soldiers search near the site of an explosion at an ammunition store in Afyonkarahisar in western Turkey which killed 25 soldiers and wounded four others, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. An explosion and blaze triggered by an accidentally dropped hand grenade has killed 25 soldiers during a stock check at a Turkish ammunition depot, the government said Thursday. Four other soldiers were injured in the blast, which lit up the night sky late Wednesday with flames, and shattered windows in homes in the nearby town of Afyonkarahisar in western Turkey, terrifying residents. (AP Photo)

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    The accidental dropping of a hand grenade led to an explosion at an ammo depot in Turkey that killed 25 soldiers and injured 4 more on Wednesday night, the Turkish government said. The blast broke windows in nearby homes in the town of Afyonkarahisar. “One hand grenade was dropped during stock-taking and sorting, causing a large explosion,” said government minister Veysel Eroglu. “There was no external intervention. There certainly was no sabotage or anything like that.” Eroglu said that soldiers were detonating ordinance scattered by the blast using controlled explosions on Thursday morning.

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