At least 3 killed in Uzbekistan arms depot blasts (Lead)July 10th, 2008 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS
Tashkent, July 10 (RIA Novosti) At least three people were killed and 21 injured in a series of blasts at an ammunition depot in central Uzbekistan, the emergency situations ministry said Thursday. The explosions occurred early Thursday after a fire broke out at the Soviet-era depot near the town of Kagan, home to 50,000 people, in the Bukhara region.
“According to preliminary information, three people were killed and 21 injured in the blasts,” the ministry said.
The defence ministry said that people living in the vicinity had been evacuated and the fire contained.
A resident of nearby Bukhara, the Central Asian country’s fifth largest city, earlier said that the blasts, sending artillery shells shooting into the air, could be heard from Bukhara, and had been ringing out all through the night.
He said Kagan residents were fleeing to Bukhara.
An intergovernmental committee has been set up to investigate the cause of the blast.