Kazakhstan evacuates thousands of people after blasts at military depot

In Kazakhstan a munitions depot has been hit by a fire and major explosions, resulting in a mass evacuation of a town.

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that a Soviet-era munitions depot exploded on Monday, June 24, triggering the evacuation of a town of some 44,000 people in southern Kazakhstan.

Local institutions stated that a series of blasts killing one person and injuring dozens of others had taken place at a Soviet-era military facility near the town of Arys, about 600 kilometers west of the capital Almaty.

The blasts were preceded by a large fire with unclear origins. Approximately 1,000 police and army troops have been deployed.

The blasts were strong enough to register on the nation’s seismic service. A criminal inquiry has been opened.

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