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Human error cause blast killing 103 people

Posted by African Press International on April 13, 2007

Maputo (Mozambique) Human error is to blame for the 22 March series of explosions that rocked Maputo and its suburbs, killing 103 people and injuring 515 others, Radio Mozambique reported on Thursday.

The radio, quoting an independent commission of inquiry set up by President Armando Guebuza, blamed poor storage conditions, soaring temperatures and obsolete weapons as the key causes of the deadly explosions.

The national broadcaster said that the commission established that the human error was based on the absence of technical inspection, strange visitors to the armoury and failure to observe norms pertinent to security of war weapons.

The report, which has been submitted to Guebuza, ruled out the possibility of sabotage.

Radio Mozambique reported that Guebuza has instructed the defence ministry to immediately transfer all arsenals nationwide to safer places and the provision of assistance to all the victims.

He also instructed the government to destroy all obsolete weapons and vigorously abide by norms and procedures of storage and conservation of lethal weapons.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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