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Cyprus blast: defence minister, army chief resign

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Cyprus’ defence minister and the head of Cypriot army have resigned following a huge explosion on a military base this morning which killed 12 people.

The blast happened in a depot full of containers of munitions confiscated from an Iranian ship in 2009.

It is thought that all 98 containers of the arms – kept exposed in scorching temperatures – blew up.

Cypriot president Dimitris Christofias said the government was shocked by the event, calling it a “dark day” for the nation.

A further 62 people were injured in the explosion.

There was no word on the identity of those killed but all the victims were Cypriots.

The island’s main power plant was also badly damaged. The electricity authority spokesman said it was impossible to assess the damage but said it was a disaster of “Biblical proportions.”