Accidental Military Weapon Explosion Kills Over 200

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An arms depot exploded Sunday in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, and killed at least 206 people, the Washington Post said.

Government representative Bienvenu Okyemi blamed a short-circut for the fire that set off the blasts which shattered windows in a three-mile radius surrounding the barracks storing the military weapons.

A morgue in Brazzaville took in 136 bodies Sunday afternoon as more continued to arrive. A hospital in the area reported at least 237 patients were wounded in the blasts.

France is sending a shipment of emergency aid to Brazzaville after the explosions, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in a statement Sunday night in the Associated Press.

The first blast went off at around 8 a.m., and multiple other smaller blasts were heard throughout the morning. Another major explosion went off at around 1 p.m., the Washington Post said.

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