Five people were killed in an explosion at an explosives factory in Turkey's capital Ankara province on Saturday, the city's governor said.
“According to our initial observations, an explosion due to a chemical reaction occurred around 08:45 [05:45 GMT] in the dynamite preparation department. Five employees were unfortunately killed,” Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin said in a statement to the press in front of the factory.
Located in the Elmadag district, 40 km east of the center of Ankara, the factory where the explosion occurred is a public establishment which depends on the Turkish Ministry of Defence.
The workshop for manufacturing dynamites has collapsed following the explosion.
The bodies of the victims have been removed from the rubble and two prosecutors have been appointed to conduct an investigation, the governor added.
According to the channel Turkish private NTV, Turkish Defense Minister Yasar Guler could visit the site of the explosion on Saturday.