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Ammunition warehouse explodes in Indonesia, killing 1, injuring 24

English.news.cn   2014-03-05 16:23:18

A wounded is brought to the Mintohardjo Navy Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 5, 2014. An ammunition warehouse belonging to the navy exploded in North Jakarta on Wednesday, seriously wounding 25 people, mostly marines, according to the military. (Xinhua/Zulkarnain)

JAKARTA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- An ammunition warehouse belonging to the navy exploded in North Jakarta on Wednesday, killing one marine and wounding another 86 people, mostly marines, according to the military.

The warehouse storing ammunition for long and short rifles, which belongs to the frogman force for west naval command, exploded at 10:30 a.m. Jakarta time, Indonesian military spokesman Iskandar Sitompul said.

The spokesman earlier said 24 people were injured in the incident.

"The latest report is that 87 people are affected. One was died and 72 have been rushed to hospitals," Sitompul told a press conference at the Marine Hospital of Mitoharjo in Jakarta.

Yulianto, an navy officer in charge of the corpses unit of the hospital, also confirmed that one of the victims was dead.

"We've received one corpse of a marine named Iman," he told Xinhua at the hospital.

Most of the victims have been rushed to the hospital, most suffering from burns and broken bones, according to an official of the hospital.

The spokesman rebuffed the rumor of sabotage, saying that short- circuit could be the trigger of the explosion.

"There is no sabotage. Maybe there was a short circuit that led to the explosion," said Sitompul.

The victims suffering from serious injuries are treated at the marine hospital and those having minor wounds are at the Medical Port Hospital at the Tanjung Priok sea port in North Jakarta.

"It (the warehouse) is isolated in a small island in Pondok Dayung and is far from the community," Sitompul told Xinhua by phone.

"An investigation team has been established and now they are on the scene to investigate the accident," he said.

Editor: chengyang
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