Six Russian paratroopers killed in range explosion

Moscow, Oct 23: At least six paratroopers were killed and two injured in an explosion at a firing range in western Russia, a military officer said hereTuesday.

The incident took place at about 7.00 p.m. (1500 GMT) at a range near Strugi Krasniye in the Pskov region when the servicemen were returning from firing drills, Xinhua reported.

“An unidentified explosive device went off while Airborne Forces servicemen were returning in absolute darkness from the final line during qualifications,” Commander of the Airborne Troops Vladimir Shimanov said, while confirming the death toll.

Military investigators have launched a probe into the fatal explosion. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu urged to offer all necessary assistance to the families of the victims.

On April 13, 2011, at the same firing range, four soldiers were killed and one wounded in an explosion taking place during military drills of the Airborne Troops.

IANS