Two military officers arrested in Afyon blast probe

Col. Veysel Ö. and Lt. Tarık A. were earlier detained as part of the probe, but released pending trial.

Two military officers arrested in Afyon blast probe

World Bulletin / News Desk 

A colonel and a lieutenant were arrested on Friday as part of a probe into an explosion at a munitions depot in the western province of Afyonkarahisar that killed 25 soldiers early this month.

Col. Veysel Ö. and Lt. Tarık A. were earlier detained as part of the probe, but released pending trial.

An Eskişehir court later issued an arrest warrant for the two commanders following objections to their release and sent them to the Eskişehir Military Prison on Friday pending trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Another officer, Maj. Ali Duran, was also arrested on Sept. 14 on the same charges.

The 25 soldiers were killed when an explosion ripped through the munitions depot on Sept. 5. A fire ensued, and the soldiers' remains were retrieved after the fire was extinguished. Two noncommissioned officers, two special sergeants and 21 privates were killed in the blast. Separate investigations by military and civilian prosecutors into the explosion are still under way, while initial reports have said the blast was due to mishandling of hand grenades by officers who were classifying them.

Republican Peoples' Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had earlier claimed that the blast was likely a result of sabotage, but a military prosecutor's office ruled out the possibility of terrorism or sabotage as the cause of the explosion.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also dismissed Kılıçdaroğlu's claims and announced during a press conference on Sept. 11 that four military officers had been removed from their posts and reassigned to other military units in the wake of the explosion.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Eylül 2012, 15:38
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