Rocket blast in Sumy: NATO rep among three killed in blast at state defense enterprise in northern Ukraine

10:13 Jul. 29, 2016

NATO rep among three killed in blast at state defense enterprise in northern Ukraine

Blast occurred during ammo disposal (GettyImages Photo)

Explosion was most likely caused by negligence, military prosecution said

Three people died on Thursday, June 28, after a blast rocked a test facility which belongs to Ukrainian state-run arms manufacturer Ukroboronprom in Sumy region in northern Ukraine.

Among the deceased was a NATO representative, regional prosecution said, according to UNIAN.

Read also: Explosions rocks ammo factory in Azerbaijan (video)

Another two people received injuries and were rushed to a hospital. Their health condition was described as stable. 

All three killed were citizens of Ukraine. Preliminary reports stated a rocket went off while the projectiles were being unloaded.

The NATO representative was present at the facility as part of the Alliance's special mission, which included help in military ammunition disposal.

Read also: Deadly accident at military training ground in Ukraine

According to Ukrainian military prosecution, the blast was most likely caused by negligence of the local stuff. The prosecution initiated a criminal investigation of the incident. 

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