70 killed in ammunition factory blast in South Yemen
Dubai, Mar 28: A series of blasts ripped apart an ammunition factory in southern Yemen, killing at least 80 people and wounding scores in fresh violence in the strife-torn key Arab state, where crucial transition of power talks have been stalled.
The explosions at the ammunition factory came a day after the plant was overrun by masked gunmen believed to be militants.
"A series of blasts at an ammunition factory has left at least 80 people dead and more than 50 others wounded near the southern Yemeni town of Jaar," Al Jazeera reported.
It said according to witnesses the blasts were possibly triggered by a cigarette.
It quoted local residents as saying that more than 100 men, women and children were looting the left-overs in the factory when the first explosion occurred.
"This accident is a true catastrophe, the first of its kind in Abyan... There are so many burned bodies. I can't even describe the situation," a doctor at the state-run hospital was quoted as saying.
The explosion shook the town of Jaar and could be heard up to 15 kms away, a local official Mohsin Salem was quoted as saying by Al Arabiya channel.
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