At least 160 dead so far established the devastating explosion occurred this morning in a military warehouse on the outskirts of Tirana, which has caused 200 injured. The announcement was Juela Mecani, spokesman for the premier Berisha salts, indicating that the rescue teams have so far recovered corpses 4.
More than 60 soldiers Albanians, including some U.S. contractor, had pledged to disarm and safely put large amounts of ammunition provided by the former Soviet Union under the dictator Enver Hoxha.
Theatre base of the explosion Vora, 12 kilometers north of Tirana. The explosion would have caused many casualties; it is feared up to 63, including some U.S. military. “We do not know the exact number,” explained Juela Mecani, spokesman for the premier Sali Berisha, “but we fear the worst for the three teams, each of 21 people involved (in filing) when the explosion. Several were American citizens “. This particular was not confirmed by the United States in Tirana.
At least 25 people also residents of the area near the depot remained trapped in a tunnel where they had to protect refugees. Sources have reported seeing a huge cloud of smoke rise at the site from the explosion.
The shock wave was also sharply in Tirana and Duress, where there have been phenomena similar to seismic shock.
“It ‘an alarming situation, serious, that caused by” the premier said Sali Berisha after he learned the news from the explosion.A press conference in which it was committed, and almost in tears, the head of the government turned to journalists saying that “the situation is not yet clear, and not even know the death toll. We have already prepared to send on the spot helicopters of the army, and hospitals are prepared to deal with any emergency, “said Berisha.
The television Albanians are following with direct non-stop the dramatic affair. The area of the disaster is totally inaccessible, and television pictures showed a black cloud over the area. The Tirana-Durres motorway is closed to civilian traffic and traveled only by autobulanze and means of the armed forces.
The leader of the Socialist Movement for interaction addressed to the government an immediate request for clarification on why the dismantling operations of mines and ammunition – apparently from Kosovo-to take place on Saturday and that the population was minimally felt.