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Benin garbage dump blast kills two, injures 61

12 September 2016

An explosion at a garbage dump near Cotonou, Benin, killed at least two people and injured 61, according to AFP. Cotonou police said the September 9 incident was caused by a company dumping flour and spoiled wheat and dousing it with petrol to burn it. Local people tried to recover the flour from areas that were not burning but were caught in an explosion.

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Benin's health minister, Alassane Seidou, said most of those with severe burns were being treated at a specialist unit in Cotonou, but additional resources were needed because of the number of injured.

The country’s minister of interior and public safety, Sacca Lafia, called the incident "regrettable" and promised the authorities would look to take measures to prevent a reoccurence.  "To avoid this in the future we are going to find a way to close off the area and bring in a lot more security to prevent people from having access to such a dangerous place," he said.

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