Blasts Rock Congo Republic capital

viagra geneva; font-size: small;”>At least three strong explosions have struck Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, sending up a plume of smoke that could been miles away across the Congo River in neighbouring Kinshasa.

The blasts, which began around 8am on Sunday, all occurred within an hour of one another, witnesses said.

At least one apparently targeted a weapons depot, a senior military official told the Associated Press news agency.

“There have been three huge explosions, including one that blew out my windows a few minutes ago, and there have been a series of smaller muffled bangs,” a witness in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, told Reuters.

Witnesses in Brazzaville said the explosions happened after parts of the Blinde military camp in the riverside Mpila neighbourhood caught fire, Reuters reported.

It was not clear how the fire started.

They said houses nearby had collapsed and there were many injured but they could not give details.

The explosions caused panic across the river in Kinshasa but state television there urged residents to remain calm.

Lambert Mende, a spokesman for Democratic Republic of Congo’s government, said he had spoken to government officials in Brazzaville who told him there was an accident at a depot containing munitions near the city’s Hilton Hotel.

Witnesses told the Associated Press that the explosions blew open doors in the city.


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