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6 found guilty, 26 acquitted for 2012 Brazzaville arms depot explosion

A court in the Republic of Congo convicted and sentenced six people for contributing to an arms depot fire, which set off a deadly string of explosions in 2012, killing close to 300 people.

A total of 26 others were acquitted for involvement in the blasts, which began after a military warehouse caught fire under suspicious circumstances on March 4, 2012. The war-grade weapons that were inside exploded in quick succession, pulverizing hundreds of houses. Aerial photographs showed that the explosions leveled a one square-mile area.

The heaviest sentence went to an army colonel, who received 15 years of forced labor for arson. Another colonel was sentenced to five years for embezzling funds which were supposed to be used to build proper containers for the munitions.