Four dead in Burkina Faso explosion

2014-07-16 20:45
People walk in the rubble of destroyed houses near the site of a blast in Ouagadougou after an explosion in an ammunition depot killed four people and injured 38 others. (Ahmed Ouoba, AFP)

People walk in the rubble of destroyed houses near the site of a blast in Ouagadougou after an explosion in an ammunition depot killed four people and injured 38 others. (Ahmed Ouoba, AFP)

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Ouagadougou - Four people were killed and dozens wounded when an illegal explosives cache blew up accidentally in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's top security official said on Wednesday.

"Two of the dead have been identified and parts of human remains have been found in the rubble belonging to two [other] people," national security head Omer Batiolo told reporters, ruling out an attack.

He said 32 of a reported 38 people injured in the blast early Tuesday evening had been taken to hospital.

A medical source said seven people were in a serious condition, including a woman who underwent emergency surgery.

Batolio said the explosives had been intended for use in illegal mining operations.

The blast damaged or destroyed 21 houses within a 100m radius, he said.

The location of the blast near the home of a traditional leader who has joined opposition sparked rumours that it may not have been accidental.

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