Azerbaijani Authorities Create Special Commission to Probe Arms Storage Blast
A special commission to investigate causes of an explosion in northeastern Azerbaijan has been established under instructions from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the country's Defense Ministry, Emergencies Ministry and General Prosecutor's Office said in a joint statement on Sunday.
Azerbaijan's Emergencies and Defense Ministries confirmed to Sputnik earlier in the day that a major blast had rocked an arms storage at a military base in Khizi District. "To investigate the cause of the explosion, a special commission was created pursuant to the instructions of the country's president," the statement read. Following the incident, military prosecutors launched criminal proceedings under two articles of Azerbaijan's Criminal Code, concerning violation of safety rules and negligence, entailing grave consequences, according to the statement. Azerbaijani authorities also specified that there was no threat to the areas close to the military base where the blast had taken place. People were evacuated and accommodated in tents.
Earlier on Sunday, the Azerbaijani Health Ministry told Sputnik that six people were injured as a result of the blast.