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article imageThree soldiers die in explosion at army base in Spain

By Anne Sewell     May 23, 2013 in World
An explosion at the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit at the Álvarez de Sotomayor camp in Viator, Almería, Spain has killed three soldiers and injured a further two, including a sergeant.
The three soldiers who died were bomb disposal experts, named as EOD technician Antonio Navarro Garcia, originally from Córdoba, Manuel Velasco Roman from Calvary, Málaga, who was married with two children and Jose Francisco Prieto Gonzalez from Estepona, Málaga.
All three soldiers were experts in disarming bombs and had served on international missions in Bosnia, Lebanon and Afghanistan, among other locations, according to the military.
An internal investigation is currently underway, but it is believed that the explosion occurred during the transfer of explosives inside the base, near a mortar mounted on a BMR armored personnel carrier.
Maj. Eleuterio Ciego told Efe that the blast occurred as troops were returning from an exercise and the cause remains under investigation.
Of the injured, one was taken to a hospital, while the other was treated at the infirmary on the base.
Álvarez de Sotomayor is home to the Sappers Unit of the Legion, an elite corps within the Spanish armed forces. The main task of this unit is to modify the terrain to facilitate the movement of combat forces. However, the outfit also provides communications infrastructure and builds and maintains fortifications.
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