Cyprus launches criminal inquiry into munitions blast

July 12, 2011 19:25

NICOSIA - Cyprus launched a criminal investigation on Tuesday into the cause of a massive blast at a munitions dump which killed 12 people and destroyed the island's largest power station.

The decision was taken on the advice of the attorney-general, government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said in a statement.

Though not specified in the statement, it was believed inquiries would focus on possible negligence. Authorities said on Monday, some hours after the blast at a military base on the south coast, that early inquiries had ruled out sabotage.

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