Written By: Observer Staff
Article Date: Oct 18, 2012 - 4:03:06 PM
Four people were killed and two others were seriously injured as rockets from a Katyosha tank were accidently fired from the Sana’a based First Armored Division base this morning, said High ranking officers.
The defense Ministry said an armory in the division caught fire because of an electric fault, but other high ranking officials said it was fabricated. An officer in Sana’a’s Investigation Department said that the reason the armory was set on fire was to convince an investigation committee that the division has run out of weapons. “The Committee is aimed to evaluate troops and make inventory of all weapons and equipment in possession of the Republican Guards and the First Armored Division,” said the security officer, quoting a high ranking officer in the division.
He said the committee is expected to start working after Eid vacation, half month from now. “If the committee comes now,” the officer said, “he [First Armored Division’s Commander] can say all weapons were lost in the fire,” the officer said, quoting the division’s officer.
“If it were a fire in the armory, the whole area would have been destroyed,” the officer said.
Another member of the division, close to the division’s commander General Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar, said the fire was caused by the accidental discharge of a Katyosha tank during maintenance.
The close source to the division’s commander said the soldiers attempted to conduct maintenance on the Katyosha when they accidentally launched 3 of its rockets. “One rocket was fired into a nearby house by Al-Eman University, another one hit a house in al-Hasabah and the third exploded inside the Katyosha. The fire did not burn any armory.”
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