2024.05.30 19:25Nation

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2024.05.30 19:25Nation

Japan GSDF Member Killed in Grenade Drill

A member of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force was killed Thursday when he was struck by shrapnel from a hand grenade that exploded during a drill in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo.
   The victim was Taku Yamamiya, a 29-year-old sergeant who belong to a unit at Camp Nerima in Tokyo. He was taken to a hospital where he was confirmed dead at around 10:50 a.m.
   The GSDF has set up a committee to investigate the accident, while suspending all live-fire exercises nationwide until safety checks are completed.
   According to the GSDF, some 20 personnel began the drill, which involved throwing grenades at targets, at about 8:30 a.m. at the Kitafuji training ground. Yamamiya was an instructor in the drill.
   A grenade thrown by a participant near the target exploded as intended, but shrapnel from the grenade hit the sergeant at around 8:45 a.m.