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1 Chinese worker killed, several injured in Congo blast

(Xinhua)

08:49, March 05, 2012

BRAZZAVILLE, March 4 (Xinhua) -- One Chinese worker killed and several others injured in Sunday's explosions in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, according to the Chinese Embassy.

There were around 140 Chinese workers of the Beijing Construction Engineering Group at the construction site when the blasts went off, Chinese company said.

The injured have been sent to hospital for medical treatment, the company added.

Xinhua's correspondent saw more than 10 injured persons were receiving treatment at the city's Universal Hospital Center. An Chinese commercial official said there were more than 10 others sustaining serious injuries taken to a military hospital. The official did not identify the injured.

The Chinese Embassy has sent officials to see the injured at hospital, while the Chinese medical team in the Central African country is taking part in the rescue work.

At least three powerful blasts rocked the city at 8 a.m. local time (0700 GMT), shattering the windows of the Xinhua bureau office.

Xinhua's correspondent saw the military had cordoned off the scene of the blasts between the districts of Mpila and Talangai.

Information from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) linked the blasts to an arms depot close to the border.

DR Congo's state television indicated an accident might have occurred.

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