Explosion in Bhutan arms depot kills at least 11 soldiers

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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Eleven ammunition technicians of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) were killed yesterday in Haa, after the unserviceable ammunition they were trying to dispose of exploded around 10am.

Another five, in critical condition, were airlifted to Thimphu referral hospital yesterday afternoon, while another five, including a storekeeper and a driver, are recovering at the IMTRAT hospital in Haa.

Of the 11 dead, eight were killed on the spot, and three died after reaching the IMTRAT hospital.  One was reportedly thrown almost 100m away from the explosion area.

The RBA has ordered an inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident, according to a press release from the RBA.

An injured soldier said he was resting inside another tent a few metres above the blast site when the incident occurred. “The blast was so strong that it blew the tent into pieces,” he said. He was injured in the neck.

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