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World Briefs: Hand grenades kill soldiers at ammo depot
ANKARA — An explosion and blaze triggered by an accidentally dropped hand grenade killed 25 soldiers during a stock check at a Turkish ammunition depot, the government said Thursday.
Four other soldiers were injured in the blast, which lit up the night sky late Wednesday with flames, and shattered windows in homes in the nearby town of Afyonkarahisar in western Turkey, terrifying residents.
Forestry and Water Minister Veysel Eroglu ruled out terrorism and sabotage, saying the blast occurred in a section where hand grenades were kept. The soldiers’ remains were discovered early Thursday after a subsequent blaze was extinguished.
Girl spent 8 hours in car with four corpses
CHEVALINE — French investigators struggled Thursday to explain how a 4-year-old girl could go undetected for eight hours in a car full of corpses in the French Alps.
They also acknowledged that they still don’t know why a family of British vacationers were slain in a BMW on a remote mountain road near the French village of Chevaline.
The attacker or attackers violently beat and shot the girl’s sister, who is about 7 years old, prosecutor Eric Maillaud told reporters in nearby Annecy. The older girl was found near the car and hospitalized. She faces surgery but her life is out of danger, he said.
French authorities did not release the identities of the victims found in the car registered to a man with a British passport, born in Baghdad in 1962. A Swedish passport and Iraqi passport were also found at the scene, Mr. Maillaud said.
The four dead were an adult man in the driver’s seat of the British-registered BMW, two women in the back seat, and a French male cyclist who appeared to have nothing to do with the family.
The bodies were found Wednesday by a former British air force officer riding his bicycle past the car, the prosecutor said.
Anti-terrorist chief killed in bombing
SAMARRA — A bombing in northern Iraq on Thursday killed the commander of a local police anti-terrorist unit, security and medical officials said.
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