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Residents killed in Tanzania munitions blasts

Residents killed in Tanzania munitions blasts
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At least 20 people are reported killed in Tanzania after a series of explosions at a military munitions dump.

Almost 150 people are known to have been injured in the blasts, in the country’s commercial capital Dar Es Salaam.

Most of the victims lived in nearby residential areas. The explosions caused panic, hurling debris across a wide area.

More than 20 depots housing weapons and ammunition were destroyed, along with a school and two houses.

The explosions happened a few kilometres from the city’s international airport, which was closed as a precaution.

It is not known what caused the blasts.

The prime minister has told parliament that the death toll could rise. Some 4,000 people have sought shelter at the national stadium.

In 2009, another explosion at a military base in Dar Es Salaam killed 26 people and injured more than 700.