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Congo: More than 20 killed in arms depot blasts

Monday - 1/27/2014, 5:12am  ET

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo says explosions from an arms depot near the diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi have killed more than 20 people.

A U.N. statement says the explosions injured 50 people and destroyed many houses, causing "desolation" in the heart of Congo'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 6 kilometers (4 miles) away.

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

In neighboring Republic of Congo a fire set off war-grade weapons at an arms depot in the capital that killed nearly 300 people in 2012.


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