NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan, Aug. 27 (Reuters) – Explosions triggered by a fire at a Kazakh munitions storage facility killed nine soldiers and firefighters and injured 90 others, authorities in the Asian country said on Friday. central.
Four people are still missing, the government said.
It is not known what caused Thursday’s fire at the military base in the southern province of Zhambyl where technical explosives were stored, Defense Minister Nurlan Yermekbayev said in a briefing. Read more
Soldiers and firefighters died trying to put out the blaze that set off ten explosions, he added, claiming the stored explosives came from a facility in the town of Arys after a similar event in 2019. which had killed four people.
Meanwhile, Yermekbayev’s spokesman said the minister was ready to step down after facing the consequences of the accident. The final decision will be in the hands of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, he said.
Authorities evacuated hundreds of people from the surrounding area and closed the main road connecting the province to the larger city of Almaty.
Reporting by Tamara Vaal; Writing by Olzhas Auyov; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Toby Chopra
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