Ankara, Turkey: The Turkish president said on Saturday that at least seven soldiers were killed in an explosion in an ammunition depot at a base in the southeast, and 25 were injured.
The Ministry of Defense had earlier announced on Friday that 25 soldiers had been wounded, seven others had been missing after an inexplicable accident during the shot of heavy weapons ammunition. The explosion occurred at a base in Hakkari province bordering Iraq and Iran. The base is used primarily for operations aimed at banned Kurdish rebels.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking in front of a memorial on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, said the incident involved an explosion of ammunition depots and resulted in four deaths. Later, he told reporters before leaving for Paris that seven soldiers were killed and 25 more injured in the explosion.
Four of the injured were in serious condition and were taken by helicopter to a hospital in Ankara, Erdogan said. The others were hospitalized in Hakkari province.
The president said the cause of the explosion is under investigation.
It was not clear if the explosion took place during training or a clash against rebels.


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