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The Turkish defense minister, stated that the blast happened at a depot under the Turkish army's munitions command 6 kilometers (4 miles) east of the port town of Kyrenia at 1:30 a.m.

Explosion at Military Depot Injures 12 in Northern Cyprus

A massive explosion at a military weapons depot in northern Cyprus wounded 12 people while the fires ignited by the impact of the explosion was brought under control, the authorities stated on Thursday, the National reported.


The Turkish defense minister stated that the blast happened at a depot under the Turkish army’s munitions command 6 kilometers (4 miles) east of the port town of Kyrenia at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and that there were no lives lost due to the impact. The AP news reported.

A series of powerful blasts followed the initial explosion according to the Video film posted via social media demonstrated smoke ascending into the sky east of Kyrenia, a waterfront town prominent with travelers.
Following the main impact, smoke could be viewed similar to the Turkish waterfront hotspots of Antalya and Alanya.

The visitors at the Acapulco Hotel assembled onto the shoreline after hearing the impacts. Visitors injuries were taken care of by emergency doctors as some of them felt unwell due to inhaling the burning gunpowder fumes. The local media reported.

The Prime Minister of the Northern Cyprus, Ersin Tatar stated to the reporters that the officers at the depot were successful in fleeing safely from the blast area. He added that fire affected an area due to the explosion was roughly 0.2 square kilometers, and official authorities would carefully monitor the safety of military bases that are nearby residential areas.

According to the government officials, the reason for the impact is obscure up ’til now as the investigation is in progress. The National reported.
President of Northern Cyprus, Mustafa Akinci told columnists that travelers who had flights on Thursday morning would be securely accompanied.
Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay said the zone is presently verified, with police cautioning people to evacuate homes nearby the vicinity. The electricity has been cut in the blast area for security measures.

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