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Blasts in Equatorial Guinea kill at least 20 people

At least 20 people were killed and more than 600 injured on Sunday afternoon after several explosions rocked military barracks in Bata, the largest city in Equatorial Guinea.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said the explosions were triggered by “negligent handling of dynamite,” and the impact “caused damage in almost all the houses and buildings in Bata.” Later, the country’s defense ministry released a statement saying a fire broke out in a weapons depot, and that caused ammunition to explode.

The Associated Press reports that roofs were ripped off of some houses near the blast zone, and streets are filled with debris. The government is asking for volunteer health workers to assist with patients at overcrowded hospitals, as well as people to donate blood.

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