Russian military says 2 dead, 4 injured by rocket explosion

Russian military police patrol the city of Achinsk in eastern Siberia following a massive fire that erupted on Monday at a military ammunition depot. (File phot: AP)

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that two people died and four others were wounded when a rocket engine exploded during a test.

The ministry said the explosion occurred at a military shooting range in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region, causing a fire.

It said a total of six servicemen and civilian engineers were injured, and two of them later died of injuries.

Reuters reported that a short-term spike in radiation levels in Severodvinsk was recorded after the explosion, TASS news agency cited a spokeswoman for authorities in the northern city as saying.

The Defense Ministry said earlier that radiation levels were normal.

The explosion followed a massive fire that erupted Monday at a military ammunition depot near Achinsk in eastern Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region.

The blaze triggered powerful explosions that continued for about 16 hours, killing one person, injuring another 13 and forcing over 16,500 people to flee their homes.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54