7 soldiers killed at ammunition depot blast in Turkey’s southeast

At least seven soldiers were killed and 25 others wounded in an explosion at an ammunition depot at a base in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province on Saturday, independent news site T24 reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the announcement while speaking at a ceremony, marking 80th death anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, in the capital Ankara.

"Seven Turkish soldiers were martyred and almost 25 others were injured in an ammo depot explosion in southeastern province of Hakkari. We ask God for the speedy recovery to those who have been injured and for his mercy on the souls our our martyrs, " Erdoğan said, noting that the cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Erdoğan’s statement follows that of the Defense Ministry on Friday that 25 soldiers were wounded and seven others were missing following an unexplained accident during the firing of heavy weapons ammunition.

It remains unclear whether the explosion occurred during training or a clash against rebels, namely the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war for independence in Turkey for over 30 years.