An explosion that took place in a depot containing smuggled oil in the Altınözü district of southern province of Hatay killed 10 people, Hatay Governor said on Friday.
According to initial reports, the blast occured after gendarmes raided a house acting on a smuggling tip-off and the suspects set the depot on fire.
Hatay Governor Celalettin Lekesiz told reporters that 10 people were killed when the oil jerrycans were exploded in the depot.
When gendarmes first entered to the village of Tanışma, in the Altınözü district, the locals tried to block the entry of security forces. The smugglers tried to eliminate the oil jerrycans but when they set the depot ablaze, a powerful explosion happened.
At least 10 locals were killed in the blast. Firefighters were dispatched to the site to bring the fire under control. They eventually brought the fire under control.
Many people were injured and taken to district hospital in Altınözü.
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