In messages posted on his Twitter account, CHP deputy Aytun Çıray said he received the information from confidential sources and he will submit a parliamentary question next Monday asking the Defense Ministry whether the claims are true or not.
The 25 soldiers were killed when an explosion ripped through the munitions depot on Sept. 5. A fire followed the explosion, and the soldiers' remains were retrieved after the fire was extinguished. Two noncommissioned officers, two special sergeants and 21 privates were killed in the blast. Separate investigations by military and civilian prosecutors into the explosion are under way, while initial reports have said the blast was due to mishandling of hand grenades by officers who were classifying them.
Çıray alleged that the reason why the hand grenades were apparently being classified at night by inexperienced and untrained privates was to keep the activity secret, as the grenades were to be transferred to Syrian opposition forces fighting to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also made a claim earlier concerning the arsenal blast, saying that it was the “result of sabotage,” information Kılıçdaroğlu claimed to have received from a former high-ranking military officer.