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Turkey: 25 soldiers hurt after artillery 'accident'

AFP  |  Diyabakir (Turkey) 

At least 25 Turkish soldiers were injured and seven were reported missing Saturday after an artillery shell exploded "accidentally" at a military base in the country's southeast, authorities said.

Turkey's defence ministry said the explosion occurred "while firing heavy weapon ammunition" at the base in Sungu Tepe in the province near Turkey's borders with and

Twenty-five soldiers were hospitalised, but officials did not give details on the severity of their Seven soldiers were missing, the ministry said.

The government has launched an investigation.

The of said in a statement that "defective" ammunition exploded during artillery fire. It was not clear whether this happened during a combat mission, or an exercise.

Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast has seen years of violent fighting between the and the Kurdistan (PKK), classified a "terrorist" group by and its Western allies. also regularly bombs PKK bases in northern

After a brief truce, fighting resumed in 2015, shattering hopes for a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has claimed more than 40,000 lives since 1984.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 02:25 IST