Five foreign troops got heavy metal fume poisoning during a training event held by the Lithuanian army on Monday, the country's Ministry of National Defence said. They are being treated at Kaunas Clinics.
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Two of the five troops are in a more serious condition and the remaining soldiers are feeling better, National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told journalists after a Cabinet meeting on Monday.

"A training event was taking place, and smoke grenades were used, and they probably stayed in that area for too long. Their health deteriorated and they were taken to a Marijampolė hospital where they received necessary treatment and were later taken to Kaunas Clinics. Several of them are already there and the rest will be moved shortly," Olekas said, adding that the ongoing investigation would show how the troops got poisoning and who is responsible.

The Ministry of National Defence said earlier in the day the soldiers were in a stable condition under medical supervision and are receiving symptomatic treatment.

Under international agreements, the troops' identities are not disclosed.

An investigation has been started to identify the causes of the incident which happened during the army's national defence training event that had been coordinated with the municipality of the southern city of Marijampolė and the local police, the ministry said in a statement.

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