Budapest (MTI) – Four military bomb-disposal technicians were killed in an explosion near Nádudvar, in eastern Hungary, on Friday afternoon, the Central Chief Prosecution Office of Investigation told MTI.
Defence Minister István Simicskó told a press conference that a fourth technician had suffered serious but not critical injuries in the explosion.
Simicskó said the four victims, all in their 30s, would be declared heroes and nominated for the defence minister’s highest award.
The accident, which happened at a former bombing range, was caused by a 250kg WW2 bomb, the minister said.
Further investigations into causes of the accident are under way.
President János Áder voiced his condolences to families and friends of the victims in a statement.
“Those that gave their lives today did so to ensure security for all of us, to save the lives of other people,” the president wrote.