Russia: 2 killed in missile test explosion

  • 20:39 08 August 2019

Russia: 2 killed in missile test explosion

At least two people have been killed in an explosion Thursday that rocked a Russian military base north of the country, according to Russia's Defense Ministry, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Six people sustained injuries from the blast which occurred in the base located in Severodvinsk town in Arkhangelsk region, the ministry said in a statement.

"As a result of the accident, six representatives of the ministry of defense and the developer received injuries of varying severity. Two specialists died from their wounds," it elaborated.

The statement said the detonation took place during a missile engine test.

The ministry also noted no dangerous substance was released into the atmosphere or to the region and the radiation levels are normal.

Region's Governor Igor Orlov said no evacuation is needed following the explosion.

Medical aviation was appointed to the military base following the incident to deal with the injured, he said.

Last month, a nuclear submersible caught fire in the Barents Sea near Arkhangelsk following the explosion, having killed 14 people.

An explosion in an ammunition depot killed one person earlier this week in Achinsk town in Siberia.