Mar. 4 - Official sources say nearly 200 people are killed after several deadly explosions are apparently caused by a fire in an arms depot. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Story: Around 200 people have been killed and many more injured in a series of explosions in Brazzaville, the capital of Congo Republic, according to a senior official in the presidency, citing hospital sources. Witnesses and state media said the blast occurred during a fire in the arms depot in the Regiment Blinde base in the riverside Mpila neighborhood. The explosions were so strong that it affected even Kinshasa, the capital of neighboring country DR Congo, across the river from Brazzaville. Witnesses in Brazzaville said the explosions happened after parts of the Blinde military camp in the riverside Mpila neighborhood caught fire. They said houses nearby had collapsed and there were many injured but they could not give details. The explosions caused panic across the river in Kinshasa, some people even thought the war broke out, but state television there urged residents to remain calm. Congo Republic has suffered coups and a civil war since independence from France.