Short circuit accident: Explosion at military depot kills one, injures three

Published: July 12, 2011
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Police cordon off the site of the incident. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Police cordon off the site of the incident. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Police cordon off the site of the incident. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID Pakistani army soldiers cordon off an area of an army depot on the outskirts of Islamabad on July 11, 2011, after an accidental blast. PHOTO: AFP Screenshot shows police and rescue teams at the site.

One solider died and three others were injured in an explosion, caused by a short circuit, at a small military depot on Sahala Road in the outskirts of the federal capital on Monday morning.

“A unit of the army is deployed to safeguard an oil depot on Sahala Road where a fire, caused by a short circuit, broke out which was soon controlled by the army officers,” a police official said. A gas cylinder was also in the room and the barracks collapsed as a result of the explosion.

“The room is being used as accommodation for army personnel and explosive material was not stored there,’’ he added

Soon after the blast, army officials cordoned off the area and journalists were not allowed at the site.

Witnesses said they heard as many as three blasts from the area and thought the army installation had been attacked.

“I was going to the market when I heard there explosions.  I thought there was a terrorist attack and rushed towards a safe place,’’ said a witness, Muhammad Ramzan.

According to Rescue 1122 officials, army personnel had shifted the dead and injured to Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi before civilian rescuers from the twin cities reached the spot.

The army installation is located some 10 kilometers away from the federal capital on a road that goes to Azad Kashmir. Later in the day, the Inter- Services Public Relations, in its official statement, said the blast and fire were accidental.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (9)

  • Jul 11, 2011 - 11:02AM

    “It is located near the Kakul military academy near Abbottabad.”

    WHAT? this is not the Bin-Ladin story .. stop the cut and paste

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  • Jul 11, 2011 - 12:26PM

    Short circuit in an army arms depot??? Residential barracks used as an arms depot??? Routine firing exercises at an arms depot??? One explosion against three explosions being reported by an eye witness???

    What has happened to credibility and veracity??? Salams, Salams and Salams.

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  • Akthar
    Jul 11, 2011 - 12:30PM

    3rd Dimension, Starwars, Spiderman, Transformers, Joos, RAW, CIA not responsible?? Hows it possible? A universal conspiracy by Jewish ET hiding the truth!

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  • abdul nasir saggu
    Jul 11, 2011 - 3:08PM

    it is the habit of powerful Army in Pakistan feed over taxes of poor nation to hide things/happening/facts in order to confuse the things or to shelter their negligence or loopholes in system/operational activities. No one is above accountably i.e. each & every organ of State or Institutions including ARMY.

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  • SaudiRules
    Jul 11, 2011 - 3:43PM

    The Khakis dont want themselves to look incompetent like with PNS Mehran episode! Well done ISPR!!!Recommend

  • Jul 11, 2011 - 7:14PM

    No cömments

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  • Dr omg
    Jul 11, 2011 - 8:18PM

    @Dr SA KHAN
    nö reply tö yöu

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  • Khalid
    Jul 11, 2011 - 9:32PM

    @Dr omg:
    @abdul nasir saggu:
    It is because of them and their sacrifices that you sleep at peace. Just think for a second

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  • abdul nasir saggu
    Jul 13, 2011 - 10:03AM

    it is their duty sir, but when we talk of MILITARY, we mean its Establishment and it is our right to raise questions, make criticism as no one is beyond accountability. We have respect for our solider, in the meanwhile to run the institutions on smooth footings, review is vital and emotions may please be kept aside @Khalid:

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