Mass burial for Congo explosion victims

2012-03-08 10:11
Brazzaville - State radio reported that the over 200 victims of last weekend's deadly blast will be buried in a mass funeral on Saturday in the capital's central cemetery.

Firmin Ayessa, the chief of staff for Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, announced the arrangement on the radio and said that the "government will always remain at the side of the families of the victims".

At least 246 people have been killed in the series of explosions that started on Sunday morning, when the capital's main armoury caught fire, catapulting rockets, mortars, shells and other ordnance into a busy residential district.

As of early Thursday, no co-ordinated rescue effort had been launched and the bodies brought to the morgue were mostly transported there by the families themselves.

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