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17 killed in Indian Army depot inferno in Maharashtra

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NAGPUR — At least 17 security personnel, including two young Army officers, were killed in a major fire that broke out at the central ammunition depot in Pulgoan early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred in the small hours of morning today as a fire broke out in the depot storing ammunition.

17 jawans and two officers are injured in which some are critical, according to the local media reports.

The main site of the inferno, which is a shed which caught on fire, has been extinguished and attempts are being made to stabilise the situation.

The figure of casualties, including fatalities is expected to increase even as nightlong fire-fighting efforts continued.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known but fire-fighting operations by the defence fire brigade are underway in full swing at what is Asia’s second biggest central ammunition depot.

Eyewitnesses said that there were multiple explosions after a blaze due to unknown reasons at the defence depot around 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Pulgaon is situated around 40 km from Wardha, the district headquarters, which is 80 kms from Nagpur.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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