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Two killed in Azerbaijan munitions plant explosion

28 July 2016

Authorities in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku said two employees at the Araz munitions plant in the town of Shirvan were killed in an explosion on July 26. A spokeswoman for the national health ministry added that 20 people had been taken to a local hospital with various injuries. Early indications were that the blast involved a stockpile of old ammunition being prepared for disposal. 

RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reported that explosions continued to rock Shirvan and its surroundings for hours while a fire raged at the plant.

The Araz plan is managed by Azerbaijan's Defense Industry Ministry and is about 100 kilometres from Baku.

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