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Five dead in explosion at Turkish munitions factory

Five workers have been killed after an explosion at a rocket and explosives plant in Turkey caused a building to collapse on Saturday, an official said.

The blast occurred early on Saturday in the district of Elmadag, on the outskirts of the capital, Ankara.

The explosion occurred at around 8:45 a.m. at the compound of the state-owned Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation, on the outskirts of the capital, Ankara, Gov. Vasip Sahin told reporters.

Sahin said the explosion was likely to have been caused by a chemical reaction during the production of dynamite. Prosecutors have launched a formal investigation, he said.

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According to Ihlas, a fire started after the explosion, all relevant services arrived at the scene.

Previously, 5 people died as a result of the explosion.

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Gray smoke was seen rising from the compound as ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the area, private NTV television reported.

Shop and house windows in surrounding areas were shattered by the force of the blast, the report said.

Family members rushed to the compound for news of their loved ones, the station said.

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