Fake cameras used to 'protect' the barracks

A new scandal emerged about the Afyonkarahisar munitions blast that killed 25 soldiers in Turkey. It is has been reported that cameras in the barracks were 'fake'

Fake cameras used to 'protect' the barracks

World Bulletin / News Desk

It is reported that the security cameras in the military barracks in the western province of Afyonkarahisar where 25 Turkish soldiers were killed when an explosion ripped through the munitions depot on Sept. 5 were fake.

According to the daily Radikal, fake security cameras appeared to be used at the entrances and security towers of the barracks. In addition to the loss of lives, the explosion caused about 14 millionTurkish Lira ($7 million) inmaterial damage. Allegedly, the camera system could not been set up because of"a lack of funding". The fake cameras were bought with the income of the military canteen.

It is also claimed that there was no safety system in the the munitions depot.

A fire followed the explosion, and the soldiers' remains were retrieved after the fire was extinguished. Two non-commissioned officers, two special sergeants and 21 privates were killed in the blast.

Separate investigations into the explosion by military and civilian prosecutors are under way, while initial reports have said the blast was caused by the mishandling of hand grenades by officers who were classifying them.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ağustos 2013, 17:50