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Over 200 killed in series of blasts in Republic of Congo

03-05-2012 08:04 BJT

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A series of blasts have rocked Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo after a weapons depot caught fire. At least 206 people have been killed by the blasts and 237 have been wounded. Six Chinese were among the dead and one remains missing.

The defence minister has urged calm in the capital.

The explosions shook houses in Brazzaville and echoed across the Congo River to Kinshasa, the capital of the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

This video image made from DRTV shows emergency vehicles arriving at a hospital after
blasts rocked Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo Sunday March 4, 2012 after
a weapons depot caught fire.

Local reports say the blasts seem to have come from an arms depot near the banks of the Congo River that separates the two nations.

The six Chinese victims belonged to the Beijing Construction Engineering Group in the central African country, where about 140 Chinese workers of the company were at the construction site when the blasts went off.

According to an official with the Chinese embassy, the blast also left dozens of Chinese workers injured, some in serious condition.

Chinese Consulate confirms injury after Congo blast

BRAZZAVILLE, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Someone working with the Beijing Construction Engineering Group in the Republic of Congo was injured in Sunday's explosions in Brazzaville, the capital of the Central African country, according to the Chinese Consulate.<Full story>

Six Chinese killed, one missing in Congo blast: Chinese embassy

BRAZZAVILLE, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Six Chinese were killed and one was missing after Sunday's ammunition depot explosions in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, according to the Chinese embassy here on Sunday night.<Full story>

Republic of Congo arsenal blast toll hits 200: presidency

BRAZZAVILLE, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of an arms depot explosions in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo has topped 200 as of Sunday evening, according to the Central African country's presidential office.<Full story>

This video image made from DRTV shows a cloud of smoke rising into the sky as blasts
rocked Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo Sunday March 4, 2012 after a
weapons depot caught fire.

 

 

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