Creating new perspectives since 2009

5 workers dead in rocket and explosives factory blast in Turkish capital

June 10, 2023 at 2:08 pm

Ambulance arrives at MKE Rockets and Explosives Factory after an explosion in Elmadag district of Ankara, Turkiye on June 10, 2023. [Aytug Can Sencar – Anadolu Agency]

At least five workers died on Saturday in an explosion at a rocket and explosives factory in Turkiye’s capital Ankara, according to the country’s National Defense Ministry, Anadolu reports.

“An explosion occurred at the MKE Rocket and Explosives Factory in the Elmadag district of Ankara. As a result of the explosion, five of our workers have been martyred,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that judicial and administrative investigations have been launched into the incident.

The early-morning blast took place at a dynamite production section of the facility, owned by Turkiye’s Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKE), at around 8.44 a.m. local time (0544GMT), Governor Vasip Sahin told journalists at the site.

READ: Turkiye seizes $1bn of counterfeit money headed for Africa

He said a “chemical reaction” is thought to have caused the explosion.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was briefed on the incident by National Defense Minister Yasar Guler after the incident, said a statement by the country’s Communication Directorate.

Erdogan offered his condolences to the families of the five deceased workers, the statement added.

Deputy Minister of National Defense Alpaslan Kavaklioglu also released a statement on the incident, noting that the explosion had occurred in a “very small building.”

“When we look at the camera recordings, there is nothing out of the ordinary until the moment of the explosion. Our workers were carrying out their normal activities, and the explosion happened suddenly,” he said.

READ: Turkiye Erdogan appoints former Goldman Sachs executive as new Central Bank chief