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Huge dynamite explosion rock Equatorial Guinea’s Bata; Dozens killed, hundreds wounded

At least fifteen people died and dozens more were injured in a series of explosions in Equatorial Guinea, the health ministry says.

Some 600 people were injured following the blasts, which happened near a military barracks in the main city of Bata on Sunday.

The blasts were caused by “negligence” relating to the storage of dynamite at the barracks, the president said.




State television showed people looking for survivors in the rubble and lifting up debris from collapsed buildings.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said in a statement that the impact of the explosion “caused damage in almost all the houses and buildings in Bata”, and called for international help with aid.

He added that the incident may have occurred following the burning of fields surrounding the barracks by farmers.



In a series of tweets, the health ministry asked for volunteer health workers to go to Bata Regional Hospital. It has also asked for blood donations due to the high number of casualties

Equatorial Guinea is a small country of some 1.4 million, with the majority of the population living in poverty despite rich oil reserves. Obiang has ruled Equatorial Guinea since 1979.

Obiang’s son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, vice president with responsibility for defence and security, appeared in the television footage at the scene inspecting the damage, accompanied by his Israeli bodyguards, according to AFP.

Teodorin, as he is known, is increasingly seen as the designated successor of the 78-year-old president.