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20 killed, 600 wounded as blasts rock Equatorial Guinea

No fewer than 20 persons were killed after a series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

The country’s authorities more than 600 others were wounded in the blasts which occurred in the neighborhood of Mondong Nkuantoma in Bata just before dusk.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said “The impact of the explosion caused damage in almost all the houses and buildings in Bata.”

A statement Sunday by the defense ministry said a fire at a weapons depot in the barracks caused the explosion of high-caliber ammunition.

State television showed a huge plume of smoke rising above the explosion site as crowds fled.

Also, AP claims images on local media show people screaming and crying running through the streets amid debris and smoke.

Roofs of houses were ripped off and wounded people were being carried into a hospital.

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