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Three soldiers killed in accidental explosion at GDF Base Camp Stephenson

An accidental explosion at Camp Stephenson in Timheri, East Bank Demerara has killed three ranks of the Guyana Defence Force and injured two others. In a statement issued this morning, the GDF confirmed that the deadly blast occurred at the Arms Store Complex of the base at around 9 am.

The three dead soldiers have been identified as 20-year-old Private Shaqueel Deheart of West Coast Berbice, 23-year-old Lance Corporal Kevon Nicholson of New Amsterdam, and 28-year-old Lance Corporal Tooley Peneux of Orealla Village, Region 6.

As for the two injured soldiers, 43-year-old Sergeant Quincy Threlfall is currently being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital while 29-year-old Lance Corporal Paul Peters was treated at Base Camp Stephenson.

Guyana Defence Force has since established a Board of Inquiry into the incident.

This is the second accidental detonation the GDF has experienced for the year. In February, one soldier died and several were injured after a fireworks explosion at a GDF Coast Guard pier in Ruimveldt, Georgetown. The soldiers at the time were transporting the fireworks that were intended to be used during the Jubilee Republic anniversary celebration. A BoI was launched into that incident as well. However, the results of the investigation have not yet been released to the public.

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