July 9, 2020 / 10:39 AM / a month ago

Three killed disposing explosives from Turkish firework factory

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Three Turkish security force members were killed on Thursday when a truck exploded in the northwest of the country as it carried explosives collected from a fireworks factory that blew up last week, the Interior Ministry said.

Last Friday a series of large explosions destroyed the fireworks factory in Sakarya province. Seven people died as a result of their injuries.

The latest casualties were from the gendarmerie security forces carrying explosives from the factory to a stone quarry to be detonated in a controlled explosion, the ministry said.

It said the blast occurred as the explosives were being unloaded. Two of those killed were from a explosives disposal team, it added. Six other people were wounded.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Can Sezer; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by

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