23 die in Russian military training centre collapse

Twenty three Russian soldiers killed after training centre for paratroopers partially collapses

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Russian Ministry of Defence on Monday announced that twenty-three Russian soldiers in a Siberian military barracks have been killed after the building partially collapsed.

The collapse occurred in the Russian 242nd training centre for paratroopers in the Siberian city of Omsk on Sunday evening.  

The official representative of the ministry, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said that “All 42 soldiers who were under the rubble have been found. Twenty-three of them are dead."

Injured soldiers have been taken to Moscow for treatment. Regional governor announced that relatives of dead or injured soldiers have arrived at Omsk

Russian television, Rossiya 24, aired footage following the collapse showing a hole torn in the four-story training centre.

The paratroopers’ commander Nikolai Ignatov told TV that the rescue team sent to the barracks has cleared nearly half of the debris.

The rescue team consists of 150 soldiers, 21 units of heavy machinery, civilian medical staff, search dogs and local military medics.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has sent a commission to Omsk to further investigate the incident.

The RIA Novosti news agency claimed that building code violations in an ongoing repair processes were the reason for collapse.

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