2007 Maputo arms depot explosion

2007 Maputo Arms Depot Explosion

2007 Maputo arms depot explosion

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The 2007 Maputo arms depot explosion occurred in the afternoon of Thursday March 22, 2007 in Maputo, capital city of Mozambique. It was reported that 93 people were killed, and hundreds more were injured, in a series of explosions that lasted from shortly before 16:00 to 18:30.

Background

The arms depot was constructed by the Soviet Union in 1984. The building housed Soviet-manufactured weapons used during the Mozambican Civil War. The building is in a residential neighborhood, near the international airport. An earlier explosion at the same location in 1984 killed 12 people.

In addition, a heat wave had been affecting the area for much of the summer, with temperatures around 35 °C (93 °F) being reported.

Casualties and damage

Health Minister Ivo Garrido said on March 23 that 93 fatalities were reported and that more than 300 people were injured. Most of the casualties were either soldiers working at the depot or residents of the poor neighborhood surrounding the building.

The Interior Ministry ordered police to seal off the area to prevent...
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