DUSHANBE, April 21. 2011, Asia-Plus -- Six persons were wounded in Roudaki district on April 20 after an antitank shell exploded because of careless treatment, according to the Ministry of Interior (MoI).  Two of them are in serious condition.

The source at a MoI says the accident took place at local market Wednesday afternoon.  “A 38-year-old entrepreneur Umar Saidov found the antitank shell at the Lohour training grounds and brought it to the market to show to his friends,” said the source, “Six persons were wounded as the shell exploded because of careless treatment.  Two of them – Kuvandik Ikromov, 70, and Sadriddin Afghonov, 23 -- are in critical condition.”

Deputy Interior Minister Saidkhon Jurakhonov and Mansour Bukhoriyev, chief of the Interior Ministry department for combating drug trafficking (drug police), visited the site.

According to Bukhoriyev, the explosion occurred after Saidov threw the shell to one of his friends just for fun but the last failed to catch it.  “All those present sustained shrapnel wounds,” he said, noting that probe was launched into the case.