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Blast at Indonesia navy arsenal kills 1, wounds 86

March 5, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An explosion at an Indonesian navy ammunition warehouse on Wednesday killed one man and injured more than 80 other navy personnel, the military said.

The blast at the navy’s amphibious special forces unit north of Jakarta happened while navy personnel were trying to extinguish a fire caused by a short circuit, said military spokesman Iskandar Sitompul.

Most of the victims were hit by wood or tile fragments, Sitompul said. TV footage from the scene showed that the roofs and glass from at least five buildings were damaged in the blast.

Eighty-six people were injured, with 72 of them being treated at two hospitals, Sitompul said.

A first sergeant was killed in the blast, he said.

The warehouse is located on the small islet of Pondok Dayung, beside Indonesia’s largest seaport.

A team headed by the deputy navy chief has been set up to investigate the blast, Sitompul said. He ruled out any possible sabotage.

In 1984, an arsenal belonging to Indonesia’s marines in southern Jakarta exploded, killing eight people.

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