31 Jul '11, 9pm

NSF injured during live-firing training when grenade round explodes prematurely

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time National Serviceman (NSF) was injured during live-firing training yesterday. A statement from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) late last night said that Specialist Cadet (SCT) Percy Toh Cheng Kai, 21, was firing a 40mm automatic grenade launcher at the SAFTI Live Firing Area - as part of his Specialist Armour Course - "when a 40mm round's propellant exploded prematurely in the weapon". According to MINDEF, SCT Toh sustained "shrapnel injuries to his chest, right arm and right cheek". He was attended to immediately by SAF medical personnel and sent to National University Hospital (NUH) where he was treated for his injuries. SCT Toh is in stable condition and is expected to be discharged from NUH within the next few days, MINDEF said. It added that the SAF is investigating the cause of the incident.

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