At least 20 killed in Equatorial Guinea blasts

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BBC World Service

At least 20 people are now known to have been killed and more than 600 others injured in a series of explosions at a military camp in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has blamed the blasts in the city of Bata on stubble burning by farmers and negligence in the storage of explosives.

The blasts flattened homes and tore the roofs off buildings. Debris was strewn across a wide area.

The health ministry in the oil rich Central African country said hospitals had been overwhelmed. It urged people to donate blood and asked off duty doctors to help