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Backgrounder: Major blasts in Africa in recent years

07-12-2010 18:04 BJT

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from twin blasts in the Ugandan capital city of Kampala late Sunday night has risen to 64, including more than 10 foreigners.

The following are some major blast and bombing incidents in Africa in recent years:

July 2, 2010:

At least 230 people were killed and 195 others injured when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded at Sange locality in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The explosion occurred as some of the men were trying to steal the spilled oil.

May 1, 2010:

Twin explosions hit a mosque in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 28 and wounding more than 50 others.

Dec. 3, 2009:

A suicide bomb explosion in a Mogadishu hotel killed at least 57 people, including three Somali government ministers, while as many as 200 others were wounded.

Sept. 17, 2009:

At least 21 people, including 17 African Union (AU) peacekeepers, were killed during two suicide bombings that rocked the base of the AU peacekeeping force in Somalia.

June 18, 2009:

More than 20 people including Somali National Security Minister Omar Hashi Aden were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in the central Somali town of Beledweyne.

Jan. 24, 2009:

A suicide car bomb attack apparently aimed at AU peacekeepers in the south of the Somali capital Mogadishu killed at least 14 civilians and wounding 30 others.

Oct. 29, 2008:

A wave of five coordinated suicide car bombings simultaneously hit targets in two cities in northern Somalia, killing at least 26 people including five bombers and injuring 29 others.

Aug. 19, 2008:

A suicide bombing attack killed some 43 people and wounded 45 others near a military school in Bumerdes province, northern Algeria.

One day later, two car bombs hit the town of Bouira, southeast of the Algerian capital, killing 11 people and wounding 31 others.

Feb. 5, 2008:

At least 20 people were killed and almost 100 others wounded after two bombs exploded in a busy area in the port city of Bossaso in northeast Somalia.

Dec. 11, 2007:

Two car bombings hit the Algerian capital of Algiers, killing at least 60 people and injuring many others. Of the two bombings, one targeted the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and of neighboring UN Development Program, killing 17 UN staff members and injuring over 40others.

March 22, 2007:

A military arsenal in Mozambique's capital of Maputo exploded, killing at least 72 people and injured 300 others.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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