Eight killed in blast at South African munitions depot

Reuters . Johannesburg | Published at 12:37pm on September 04, 2018

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Smoke is seen during an explosion at the South African munitions depot in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa September 3, 2018. – Reuters photo

At least eight people were killed in an explosion at a South African munitions depot in Somerset West, near Cape Town, but the cause of the incident was still unknown, a fire and rescue official said on Monday.

The blast occurred at Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot, a joint venture between Germany's Rheinmetall Defence and South Africa's state-owned arms maker Denel.

‘I can confirm that eight people are dead,’ said Theo Layne, a fire and rescue spokesman.

RDM said in a statement that an explosion occurred at one of its buildings, but it could not confirm whether there were any injuries or fatalities.

‘We are currently investigating the matter,’ it said.