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3 Greek soldiers die in mortar explosion during military exercise

ATHENS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Three Greek soldiers died and a fourth was seriously injured in a mortar explosion on Tuesday at the outskirts of the city of Volos, the Greek Defense Ministry said.

According to early information tragedy struck at about 320 kilometers north of the Greek capital during a military exercise when a mortar round exploded.

An investigation into the circumstances of the incident has been launched, as Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos declared three days of national mourning to be held among Greece's Armed Forces.

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