Two plant workers died and 24 others were injured Tuesday afternoon in an explosion at a defense plant in oil-rich Azerbaijan, according to a statement from the Defense Industry Ministry, RT.com reported.
The cause of the blast has not yet been determined, officials said. . The plant is located in Shirvan, 100 kilometeres (60 miles) southwest of the capital city of Baku.
Israel values the close diplomatic relations it enjoys with the Caucasus state, which has a Muslim majority.
Israel recognized Azerbaijan shortly after it declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.