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Republic of Congo: 236 dead after arms depot blast

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 23:24

Brazzaville: State radio in the Republic of Congo says 236 people have died after a series of explosions started by a fire at an arms depot. Radio Congo said on Tuesday that 236 bodies are at a Brazzaville morgue.
Sunday`s blasts flattened buildings, killing hundreds and trapping countless others under debris. The blasts echoed across the Congo River to the capital of the neighboring Central African nation of Congo.
International experts fought yesterday to prevent fires from reaching a second depot and igniting more munitions.

Rescuers yesterday still were unable to reach hundreds believed trapped under debris because of ongoing explosions.

There are fears the many small fires ignited by the blasts could suck away oxygen needed by any entombed survivors. Government spokesman Bienvenu Okyemi blamed a short circuit for the initial fire.


First Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 17:32

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