Khartoum arms factory fire caused by airstrikes: Monitors
WASHINGTON (AFP) - An explosion and fire at a Sudanese munitions factory this week appears to have been caused by airstrikes, a US-based non-profit monitoring group said on Saturday.
The Satellite Sentinel Project started by Hollywood star George Clooney said satellite imagery showed six large craters, each approximately 16m across, at the Yarmouk military factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
The weapons plant exploded and caught fire shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The SSP said craters at the scene of the explosion were consistent with the kind of damage created upon impact by by air-delivered munitions.
Satellite images made less than two weeks before the blast showed that 40 shipping containers had been stacked next to a shed-like building at the location, according to the SSP, which said those images were "consistent with the presence of highly volatile cargo in the epicentre of the explosions."