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South Africa munitions depot explosion kills 8

At least eight people have been killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot near Cape Town, South Africa.

At least eight people have been killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot near Cape Town, South Africa.  (AP Photo)

South African authorities say at least eight people have been killed in an explosion at a munitions plant near Cape Town.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blast at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot, which shook homes and rattled windows in the area on Monday.

According to the African News Agency, Cape Town fire official Theo Layne says eight people died.

An emergency vehicle leaves the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot, at Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Authorities say at least 8 people have been killed in an explosion at the munitions plant with investigators trying to determine the cause of the blast which shook homes and rattled windows in the area. (AP Photo)

The cause of the blast was under investigation.  (AP Photo)

The agency, which is based in South Africa, says several people are missing and that firefighters went to the scene to extinguish the flames.

Denel, South Africa's state-owned arms manufacturer, has a large stake in Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

 

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