LIMASSOL- A National Guardsman and an army officer were on Thursday being treated at Limassol General Hospital after being injured when a defensive hand grenade went off at Kalavassos firing range. The two are described by doctors as “being out of danger”.
CyBC said the incident involved an 18 year-old underwater destruction squad conscript Andreas Doulapas and his training officer 38 year-old Athos Yiannakou. The conscript has lost his right hand and sustained injuries to his stomach and underwent surgery.
The officer is understood to have sustained injuries all over his body but was being treated in the Casualty Department.
Acting Defence Minister Socrates Hasikos said the accident was being investigated. He underlined what was most important was the recovery of those injured and described the accident as “a very serious” incident.
The accident is being investigated but CyBC radio said that the 18 year-old had pulled the pin from the grenade.
The deputy-commander of the National Guard has gone to the hospital while next of kin have been informed.