Four soldiers were killed while putting out a fire at an army munitions depot in the southern region of Gambel, according to Kazakhstan’s Defense Minister Nurlan Yermikbayev.
According to the minister, a series of explosions preceded the fire in the warehouse. “Unfortunately, four soldiers died during the liquidation of the consequences of the accident,” Yermikbayev said.
On Thursday, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defense stated that a fire broke out in a military unit’s warehouse in the Gambeldistrict, where ammunition for military engineering forces was stored.
According to the ministry, at least six large explosions preceded the fire. The ministry added that 12 soldiers were also injured in the accident.
According to local authorities, 66 injured persons were sent to hospitals, and 28 injured people remained in hospitals as of Friday morning, six of whom were in critical condition.
The accident’s causes and circumstances are being investigated, and a criminal case has been filed under Article “Violation of the rules for dealing with weapons and explosive materials,” with people of nearby villages being evacuated.