ISLAMABAD: A large explosion at Pakistan’s key weapons-producing factory at Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Wah Cantt late on Thursday killed at least three employees and wounded two, the military and local authorities said. The army said the blast was an accident.
“The injured have been shifted to a hospital and the scene has been cleared while the POF’s technical emergency response team has brought the situation under control,” the ISPR said.
On the other hand, according to sources, the blast near Lala Rukh area of Wah Cantt shattered the windows of nearby houses and shops and the citizens came out of their houses in fear.
The sources added that so far 3 people have been killed and 7 others injured in the blast and Pakistan Army rescue teams have reached the spot. As soon as the blast was reported, rescue, fire brigade and security vehicles rushed to the spot. Sources said that the blast took place in the explosive section inside the Wah Kent factory.
It may be recalled that Pakistan Ordnance Factories is the largest industrial complex in the country and operates under the Ministry of Defense Production where weapons and ammunition are manufactured. The POF Board is also headquartered in Wah Kent.
Moreover, it was reported that the windows of nearby shops and houses shattered due to the explosion. Many people came out of their houses in fear. Rescue services, fire brigade and security officials have reached the site of the explosion.
Pakistan Ordnance Factories is the largest defence industrial complex in the country and works under the Ministry of Defence Production. It produces conventional arms and ammunition.
According to the army’s statement, the blast took place at one of the plants of the Pakistan Ordnance Factories, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the capital, Islamabad. It did not give any further details and only said the explosion was accidental and that the situation was brought under control.
Meanwhile, footage circulating on social media from near the location shows thick smoke rising from the sprawling factory. The plant was established in the 1950s and is under the control of the ministry of defense.
The factory supplies weapons to Pakistan’s military and also exports arms. The Pakistan Ordnance Factories is the largest defence industrial complex under the Ministry of Defence Production, producing conventional arms and ammo in line with international standards. Presently POF comprises 14 ordnance factories and three commercial subsidiaries.
POFs also specialise in the manufacture of commercial explosives, hunting ammunition and possess extensive facilities for the manufacture of brass, copper and aluminium ingots, extrusions and sections for non-military applications.