AROUND AFRICA: Brazzaville Blast, Kidnapped Aid Workers

March 5, 2012 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

Republic of Congo

CIA World Factbook

At least 200 people were killed when a series of blasts rocked an arms depot in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo.

The explosions were felt across the three-mile-wide Congo River in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly known as Zaire.

It’s not clear what started the fire at a tank regiment’s barracks located in a densely populated neighborhood, the Associated Press reported. The depot is used to store weapons, including mortars, according to an official at President Denis Sassou-Nguesso’s office told the AP.

Among the dead and injured were several Chinese construction workers building low income housing near the depot, according to China Daily.

Mali

An al Qaeda splinter group in northwest Africa is seeking $39 million (30 million euros) for the release of three aid workers kidnapped in Algeria last Fall, the AFP news agency says.

The group, which calls itself “The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa,” is claiming responsibility for the kidnapping of two Spanish nationals and an Italian. The two women and one man were seized in October at Tindouf, a refugee camp in western Algeria. The splinter group is led by Malians and Mauritanians, experts told AFP.

The group broke off from al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb to focus on spreading jihad to west Africa, according to experts.

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