11,000 persons evacuated as arms depot explodes in Siberia

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A series of blasts rocked an arms depot at a Russian military base in Siberia on Monday, injuring eight people and prompting aluminium producer Rusal to suspend operations at the country’s biggest alumina producing plant.

“Explosions have been reported on Monday at ammunition depot located at the military base in the Achinsk District of the Krasnoyarsk Region. The explosion went off in an ammunition depot, evacuation is being carried out,” a source in the region’s emergency services told TASS.

 

Eleven thousand Russians were being evacuated from neighbourhoods in Krasnoyarsk region’s city of Achinsk following blasts and a fire at a military storage facility, TASS news agency cited local authorities as saying.

Eight people were injured in the incident, TASS news agency cited doctors as saying. A Russian soldier was killed, TASS cited a source as saying. A source from another agency, RIA, at the defence ministry denied the information about the soldier’s death.

The plant is Russia’s largest producer of alumina, a raw material which is smelted into aluminium.

Via Reuters / TASS

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