A massive explosion hit Pakistan’s key weapons-producing factory late on Thursday, leaving at least three dead and two injured.
Army said the explosion was an accident, pointing out that it took place at one of the plants of the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the capital, Islamabad.
Moreover, the army assured everyone that the situation was brought under control by POF technical emergency response team, the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said in the statement.
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Reports revealed that the incident happened due to a technical fault in one of the plants of POF. Window glasses of nearby houses were shattered, as the blast sent a shockwave in the whole town, creating panic among the people, according to local media and sources.
Meanwhile, footage circulating on social media from near the location shows thick black smoke rising from the sprawling factory.
The plant was established in the 1950s and is under the control of the ministry of defense. Notably, the factory supplies weapons to Pakistan’s military and also exports arms.