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.