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Blast in Turkish explosives factory kills five

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A blast at a Turkey military explosives factory killed five people on Saturday, a regional governor said, Agence France-Presse reported.

“According to preliminary information, a chemical reaction caused an explosion around 8:45 am (0545 GMT) in the dynamite preparation department. Unfortunately, five employees were killed,” Vasip Sahin, governor of the Ankara province, told reporters at the factory.

The bodies of all the victims have been recovered from the rubble, and prosecutors have opened an investigation into the accident.

The factory is in the Elmadağ region, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the capital Ankara, and is part of Turkey’s defense ministry.

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