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Added: March 15, 2008
Hundreds injured, dead in Albania army depot blasts.
Gerdec (Albania) - A massive explosion at an Albanian army ammunition dump near Tirana on Saturday killed at least five people and injured 215, including many children, authorities said. The prime minister said he feared there could be many dead.
The initial blast at the depot at Gerdec village, about 10 km north of the capital, Tirana, set off a series of explosions, and ammunition continued to detonate for hours. The blast was heard as far away as the Macedonian capital of Skopje, a distance of 190 km, and prompted a brief suspension of flights at Tirana's nearby international airport.
Houses more than a mile away were damaged by the blast.
The office of Prime Minister Sali Berisha said five people had been found dead near the site of the explosion. Berisha said that ``it seems the number of the dead is considerable.'' He added that information was still incomplete.
Police said the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but terrorism was not suspected.
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