Blast at Brazzaville arms depot kills hundreds

By REUTERS
March 5, 2012 07:15

BRAZZAVILLE/KINSHASA - Up to 200 people were killed on Sunday when an arms dump exploded in Brazzaville, ripping apart a nearby neighborhood in the Congo Republic's capital, medical and local authorities said.

Hundreds of others were injured by the blasts which rocked the riverside capital around 8 a.m. (0700 GMT), flattening houses near the scene and sending a plume of smoke high above the city.

A government spokesman said that a short circuit was to blame for the fire that sparked the explosions and promised to move military barracks out of town as a result.

But witnesses reported scenes of carnage on Sunday.

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