The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian diplomats over alleged links to an ammunition depot explosion in 2014, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said, Report informs, citing DW.

The diplomats have been given 48 hours to leave the country.

On October 16, 2014, there was a blast at a warehouse containing 58 tonnes of ammunition near the eastern Czech village of Vrbětice.

It was followed months later by another big explosion at a nearby warehouse with 98 tonnes of ammunition.

“The explosion led to huge material damage and posed a serious threat to the lives of many local people, but above all, it killed two citizens,” Babis said.

Babis stressed Czech authorities had “clear evidence” linking GRU Russian intelligence agency officers from unit 29155 to the blasts, after receiving information on Friday.