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100+ to be buried in Congo

2012-03-11 13:52

Brazzaville - Morgue workers are hurrying to finish washing the bodies of over 100 victims of last week's deadly explosion at a Republic of Congo military base ahead of their state funeral.

State radio has reported that 246 people were killed one week ago when a military arms depot went up in flames, setting off a lethal rain of grenades, mortars and shells.

Only 168 of the bodies have been identified so far, according to morgue records, and they will be laid to rest on Sunday in identical coffins.

Families stayed at the morgue overnight, waiting for the name of their relatives to be read on the outdoor speaker.

When their turn came, they were ushered inside, and allowed to wash and dress the corpse. The coffins were being loaded on trucks for transport to the ceremony ground.