8 killed as explosives cause building collapse in Yemen

March 2, 2010 11:11

At least eight people were killed Tuesday as a three-story building in Yemen collapsed when explosives stored in its basement went off, security officials said.

The officials said it was unclear what set the explosives off in the southern town of Taiz. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the media.

The officials said the basement was used by an arms dealer to store dynamite and other explosives. They said the blast was so strong the building, which had six apartments, totally crumbled.

The officials said 15 people were injured in the blast. Two nearby buildings were damaged and were evacuated.

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