20 killed in Tanzania military blasts

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 17, 2011 12:53

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania — A military ammunition depot in Tanzania's largest city blew up overnight in a series of explosions that leveled homes, killed at least 20 people and wounded about 145 others. Thousands ran for their lives from blasts that were felt 20 kilometers (12 miles) away.

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said several houses and a school were leveled during Wednesday night's explosions, which sent huge orange bursts into the night sky over Dar es Salaam. Debris showered parts of the city 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Gongola Mboto military base where the depot was located.

It was at least the second such ammunition depot explosion at a military base in Dar es Salaam since 2009.


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