Five people were killed Saturday in an explosion at an explosives factory in the province of Ankara, the Turkish capital, said the governor of the city.
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“According to our first observations, an explosion due to a chemical reaction occurred around 08:45 [05h45 GMT] in the dynamite preparation department. Five employees were unfortunately killed,” Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin said in a statement to the press outside the factory.
Located in the district of Elmadag, 40 km east of the center of Ankara, the factory where the explosion occurred is a public establishment which depends on the Turkish Ministry of Defence.
The dynamite workshop collapsed following the explosion.
The bodies of the victims have been pulled from the rubble and two prosecutors have been appointed to investigate, the governor added.
According to the private Turkish channel NTV, the Turkish Minister of Defense, Yasar Guler, could go to the site of the explosion on Saturday.