Army truck explodes in Sudan, no casualties - army

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  • Saturday, 07 Apr 2007

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A large Sudanese army truck full of ammunition exploded in Khartoum on Saturday, but caused no casualties, an army spokesman said. 

"The truck was shaken and this caused the explosion," the spokesman said. He did not give any details about the cause of the blast. Al Jazeera television quoted an unnamed security source as saying the ammunition exploded because of the hot weather. 

"There are still blasts caused by the initial explosion and fire engines are not able to reach the area. But there are no casualties so far," the spokesman told Reuters. 

A former Reuters correspondent said the explosion caused the international airport to be closed down. 

Irwin Arieff said the steward on his KLM flight announced the safety of the aircraft could not be guaranteed because of shrapnel in the area. 

An ambulance was seen heading towards the site of the explosion. Security forces cordoned off the area. 

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