UN supports Congo in wake of accidental explosion

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Eduardo del Buey, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The United Nations has expressed its support to the Republic of Congo as it deals with the aftermath of accidental explosions at an ammunition depot, in the capital, Brazzaville, on Sunday.

According to reports, more than 140 people were killed and over a thousand injured in the explosion.

Government officials are quoted as saying the huge explosions were caused by a short circuit that started a fire.

Eduardo del Buey is the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General is profoundly saddened by the loss of life and destruction caused by the accidental explosion of an ammunition depot in Brazzaville on Sunday, 4 March 2012. He extends his deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved and to the Government and people of Congo as a whole. The United Nations expresses its support to the Republic of Congo at this difficult time and reassures the authorities of its continued cooperation and assistance to ongoing humanitarian relief operations."

Duration:  26"

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