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Russian military site blast kills six

25 October 2013

Russian military investigators opened a criminal case on October 23 in connection with a deadly explosion at a military training facility in the Pskov region. Investigators said in a statement that the blast, which killed six paratroopers and wounded two others on October 22, was likely caused by a corroded shell, Interfax reported.

The investigation is now looking into possible violations of firearm regulations, an offence which carries up to a 10-year prison term if resulting in the death of two or more people.

The shockwave, the wounds sustained by the victims and the crater left by the blast all indicate that an artillery shell had gone off, the Defense Ministry said.

The ammunition was most likely lying in a heap on the side of the road for a long time, said Ivan Buvaltsev, director of the military's combat training department. He added that the Strugi Krasniye fields are used by multiple military branches for training exercises, and experts would determine where the shells came from.

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