Russian troops killed

Wednesday - 8/24/2011, 4:41pm EDT

Six Russian soldiers were killed and twelve wounded after an explosion at a military base in the southern part of Russia. A spokesman said the blast happened as the soldiers were trying to dispose of old munitions on the base in the Astrakhan region. This mishap came after two major fires at ammunition depots in other parts of Russia this summer. The fires caused extensive damage and numerous injuries. The incidents raise questions about the soldier's training to facilitate explosive ordinance removal.