Two hundred N-persons get blown up in Congolese arms depot explosion

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Throw in some Orientals for good measure...

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RPT-UPDATE 4-Brazzaville arms depot blast kills some 200-official
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* Congolese official says 200 dead, many injured
* Defence Minister blames blasts on fire in arms depot
* Xinhua says three Chinese killed in blast
By Christian Tsoumou and Jonny Hogg

BRAZZAVILLE/KINSHASA, March 4 (Reuters) - Around 200 people were killed on Sunday when an arms dump exploded in Brazzaville, capital of the Congo Republic, a senior official in the presidency said, citing hospital sources.

Hundreds more were injured by the blasts which rocked the riverside capital of the oil-producing nation early in the day, flattening houses near the scene and sending a plume of smoke high above the city.

"According to sources at the central hospital we're talking of around 200 dead and many injured," Betu Bangana, head of protocol in the president's office in Brazzaville, told Reuters by telephone.

"Some people are still (trapped) in their houses... They're saying the entire neighbourhood of Mpila has been destroyed."

Defence Minister Charles Zacharie Bowao dismissed any talk of a coup attempt or mutiny, and told state radio that the explosions had been caused by a fire in the arms depot in the Regiment Blinde base in the riverside Mpila neighbourhood.

Panic also spread to Kinshasa, across the Congo River which separates the former French colony from the larger Democratic Republic of Congo, where windows were shattered by the force of the blasts up to 4 km away (2.5 miles).

Both governments called for calm.

China's Xinhua news agency cited Chinese officials as saying three Chinese workers were killed by the explosion and dozens were injured, some in serious condition.

Xinhua said the dead and injured were part of a group of about 140 Chinese workers from the Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

RESIDENTS FLEE

A Reuters witness in Brazzaville said residents fled the blast area, which is near a heavily populated neighbourhood and was blocked off by the security forces as a military helicopter flew overhead.

Fleeing residents said houses in the area had been flattened.

"I saw someone being carried to hospital with their intestines hanging out. They had been hit by a shell," one witness told Reuters as he was leaving the blast zone.

Congolese television showed pictures of panic-stricken people on the streets of nearby neighbourhoods. There were also images of many injured people being rushed to hospital or being given first aid on the street.

Television showed crowded hospitals where doctors said they were selecting those who were seriously injured to have immediate surgery. Television also relayed an appeal by health authorities urging all medical personnel living in Brazzaville to rush to hospitals in the city.

Mass in Brazzaville's cathedral, about 4 kms (2.5 miles) away, was cut short as the building shook.

"I heard at least five or six good sized explosions, which blew out the windows and brought down half the ceiling in our hotel," Patrick Mair, an analyst with Control Risks who was in the city, told Reuters.

The main blasts were followed by a series of smaller ones. Hours after the main explosions, a plume of grey smoke still hung over the city, a Reuters witness in Kinshasa said.

(Additional reporting by George Fominyen in Dakar; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Ben Harding)

REUTERS
 
Dec 8, 2004
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I'm sure their safety procedures were beyond reproach...
 

mills

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Jesus Fuck that's horrific.
 

mills

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lol why did you edit your post? Not enough/too many a's in "maaaaan"?
 

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Jesus Fuck that's horrific.
Corpses, many burned or missing body parts, were carried into the main city hospital morgue, said a Reuters reporter outside the building. Officials there said they had already counted 136 bodies by mid afternoon.

Many more corpses littered the scene, said one soldier. Weeping relatives of the dead gathered outside the hospital to mourn while others came to look for family members who had scattered in the chaos.
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Lord Zero

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Heh.

Considering how morally straight AHC tends to be when it's anybody else
Since when am I morally straight when it's anybody else? (I'm not being cunty. I just don't understand where that perception comes from.) I wouldn't care if it was anyone else. Humanity sucks and shit happens. Besides, superficially respecting dead people does nothing for them. I didn't know them, anyway, so fuck them.
 

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Heh.

Considering how morally straight AHC tends to be when it's anybody else,
Why do you have to be all prejudice and stereotyping? Not all gays are sensitive. AHC is living proof that faggots can be assholes too.
 
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mills

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OK OK, hold on to your horses.
 

fletcher

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Hey look! Beerbelly's back! I guess we all have to stop thinking he was dead and go back to just wishing he was.