DRC: More than 20 killed in arms depot blasts

2014-01-26 19:15


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Kinshasa - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says explosions from an arms depot near the diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi have killed more than 20 people.

A UN statement says the explosions injured 50 people and destroyed many houses, causing "desolation" in the heart of the DRC's third largest city.

It says "official sources" determined that a lightning bolt on Friday hit the munitions depot of an army barracks outside Mbuji-Mayi and exploding shells hit homes some 6km away.

UN mission chief Martin Kobler said he had instructed the UN office in Mbuji-Mayi to provide support to local authorities, and he commiserated with victims.

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