Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Death toll in Equatorial Guinea’s multiple explosions rises to 98

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Officials in Equatorial Guinea say the death toll from a series of explosions on Sunday has risen to 98.

Another 615 people were injured, with 299 still in hospital.

The blasts hit a military base in the country’s main city, Bata.

Officials blame badly stored dynamite along with stubble burning by nearby farmers for the incident.

The death toll which was updated after volunteers spent yesterday searching the wreckage for bodies, is more than triple the initial estimate of 31.

In a statement, President Obiang Nguema said the blasts had been caused by the negligence of a unit charged with the care and protection of stores of dynamite and explosives at the Nkoantoma military base.

The country is now seeking international help.