A devastating fire followed by a series of explosions at a military facility at Taraz in Kazakhstan has left at least 60 people wounded.
“At approximately 19:00 [13:00 GMT], a fire broke out near a warehouse of a military unit stationed in the Jambyl region’s Bayzak district. As a result of the fire, unidentified objects exploded,” the Kazakh Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Sixty people have been hospitalised with injuries from the blasts.
Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that at least 30 of the wounded were military servicemen or emergency workers and the incident was being investigated.
Traffic and railway authorities said they were closing off a road and a railroad passing through the area.
Meanwhile, the Kazakh defence ministry also sent a commission headed by Deputy Defence Minister Ruslan Shpekbaev to the scene.
Kazakhstan has evacuated settlements located next to a military facility in its southern Jambyl province.
??? In Kazakhstan, an explosion occurred in a military unit – the Ministry of Defense of the Republic.
An explosion in Kazakhstan's Taraz occurred due to a fire near one of the warehouses in a military unit, the Ministry of Defense of the republic reports. pic.twitter.com/ay1TNvD2gc
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