A massive blast has rocked a Pakistani military industrial site located in the northeastern town of Wah. At least three people were killed and two more injured by the explosion which shattered windows across the town.
The explosion occurred at the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) industrial site in Wah, some 47 kilometers (29 miles) northwest of the capital city of Islamabad, on Thursday.
Footage circulating online showed a large column of black smoke emerging from the facility. The cloud towered above the town and was visible from a great distance.
The explosion sent a powerful shockwave through the town, blowing out windows at multiple buildings. After the blast, people were seen rushing out of and away from the affected buildings onto the streets, apparently fearing the structures might collapse.
According to a short statement released by the military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) office, the explosion was caused by an unspecified “technical fault” at the facility. The blast killed three and injured a further two people at the site.
“The accident site has been cleared by POF technical emergency response team,” the military said.
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So far, no official information has been released regarding the exact cause of the incident, and the military has not furnished locals with any assessment of damage suffered by the plant.
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