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. 

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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. 

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