15 troops die as fire guts Armenia barracks

YEREVAN, Armenia (AFP) — An overnight fire that broke out in the barracks of an Armenian military unit left 15 servicemen dead and three others in serious condition, the country’s defense ministry said Thursday.

“According to preliminary information, 15 servicemen were killed as a result of a fire that broke out in the barracks of an engineer and sniper company of a military unit… and the condition of three servicemen is assessed as serious,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, the fire broke out at around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday in the village of Azat in Armenia’s eastern Gegharkunik region.
It said the cause of the fire was not yet established.

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