Republic of Congo Buries 145 Killed in Blast

Posted March 11th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Republic of Congo has buried 145 people killed in a series of explosions at an arms depot in the capital, Brazzaville.

President Dennis Sassou-Nguesso and his wife attended the funeral on Sunday, one week after the explosions ripped through the munitions facility near the Congo River.

People laid wreaths of flowers near the coffins, which were draped with Congolese flags.

The explosions killed more than 200 people, injured hundreds of others and left 14,000 homeless.

The blasts have been blamed on an electrical short-circuit which sparked a fire.

The funeral marked the end of the nation's official mourning period.