One Dead As Fire At Chad’s Military Ammunition Depot Triggers Multiple Blast


Foreign Affairs Minister Koulamallah Abderaman said a fire occurred at a military ammunition depot in Chad’s capital N’Djamena which triggered a series of blasts on Tuesday night killing one person and several wounded.

A witness also corroborates the foreign affairs minister that one person died during the blast.

A resident of a neighbourhood near the depot said he saw three wounded people on the street, two of which were rushed to hospital on motorbikes.

Images of spent artillery shells that fell in people’s homes were posted by the media on social media.

Another resident said his neighbour, a shopkeeper, was killed after a shell hit him.

“Loud blasts woke us up,” resident Moustapha Adoum Mahamat told Reuters via telephone.

“Our house was shaking as if someone were shooting at us. Then we saw a big fire at the military camp and smoke and things exploding in the air,” he said. “We could see artillery fly over us.

A Reuters witness saw flames and heard explosions for about an hour and said smoke was spreading around the city.

The fire broke out just a few kilometres away from Chad’s main international airport, which authorities said was not affected.