Blasts rock ammunition depot in Northern Cyprus

epa07836848 A fire is seen over a Turkish army depot east of the city of Kyrenia, northern Cyprus, 12 September 2019. The overnight blast shattered windows of a nearby hotel, prompting the evacuation of tourists. Turkish army authorities have launched an investigaton into the cause of the incident. EPA-EFE/STR

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Blasts rocked an ammunition depot in Northern Cyprus on Thursday after a fire broke out in a military zone, with shattered glass inflicting slight injuries on some people, the Turkish Cypriot foreign minister, Kudret Ozersay, said.

Ozersay said that the area had been sealed off as explosions were continuing at the military zone east of Kyrenia, a historic harbour town on the northern coast in a region frequented by tourists.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said the explosions started at around 2 am, opposite the Acapulco Hotel.

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Tourists are evacuated from the Acapulco hotel east of the city of Kyrenia, northern Cyprus, 12 September 2019. EPA-EFE/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

He added that fire services and civil defence had sped to the scene and all the appropriate measures taken.

The cause of the explosions and fire is not known.

 

 

Via AA/ In-Cyprus

 

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