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Guyana: Soldier dies after explosion


Guyana: Soldier dies after explosion

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GEORGETOWN – One of the nine soldiers who were injured in a fireworks explosion on Saturday at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has died.

In a statement, the Ministry of the Presidency said Corporal Seon Rose, 31, who was badly injured in the incident that occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday, died yesterday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was receiving treatment.

Rose sustained burns to 90 per cent of his body.

The GDF said Rose was injured when there was a spontaneous combustion as the soldiers were preparing for the fireworks display.

That event was cancelled.

Corporal Rose enlisted in the GDF in 2008 and joined the 21 Artillery Company.

A statement released from the Ministry of the Presidency said: “President [David] Granger wishes to thank the staff of the GPHC for their tireless efforts to save Corporal Rose’s life and for their continued treatment of the other injured ranks.”

Six other soldiers who were also injured, were discharged.