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Equatorial Guinea: Death toll from military base explosions hits 105

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The death toll from explosions at a military camp in Equatorial Guinea has now risen to 105.

According to authorities, a total of 615 people were injured in Sunday’s blasts at the Nkoa Ntoma camp in Bata, the country’s economic hub.

Buildings at the compound and houses in surrounding districts were badly destroyed by the explosions.

133 people were still in hospital, the health ministry has said in a tweet on Tuesday.

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The defence ministry of Equatorial Guinea said blasts were caused by heavy-calibre munitions.

The explosion had caused “shock waves which totally destroyed numerous homes nearby”.

The country’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, has blamed the military for “negligence” for stocking ammunition close to residential areas.

The camp houses special forces and gendarmes and their families. President Obiang said the officers had “been careless” since dynamite is normally “stocked very far from people and kept underground”.

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