Explosion at Cypriot naval base kills 12
Published 12/07/2011 | 05:00
AT LEAST 12 people were killed yesterday when a depot containing seized Iranian arms exploded at Cyprus's main naval base, destroying the island's biggest power station, resulting in widespread blackouts.
The 98 barrels containing an estimated 2,000 tonnes of high explosive had been stored for two years in the open, in temperatures of up to 40C, despite concerns of officers from the Cypriot National Guard.
The explosion at the Evangelos Florakis naval base, on the southern coast of the island near the town of Zygi, happened shortly before 6am local time.
The blast could be heard 40 miles away in the capital, Nicosia.
The country's defence minister and military chief both resigned after the blast, which also injured 62 people. (© Daily Telegraph, London)