21 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Five Die in House Explosion in Zengeza 2 Chitungwiza

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A massive explosion ripped through a house in Zengeza 2 in Chitungwiza Monday afternoon, instantly killing five people and injuring others, police said.

Police Inspector Badza from St Mary's police station told SW Radio Africa the blast occurred just after 3pm and killed 4 adults and one minor.

He said they are yet to establish what caused the explosion that destroyed eight other houses along Mbaura street in the surburb.

'We are busy with our investigations and its still early to pinpoint the exact cause of the explosion. We have officers on the ground scurrying to the area to establish what happened,' Inspector Badza said.

Job Sikhala, the former MP for St Mary's, told us his house is more than 2km from the street where the explosion took place, but it was so huge it shook his house. He said he believed that the house belonged to a tradional healer, who is known to have kept gas cylinders.

'From what I hear from people in the area, the owner of the house which was apparently obliterated by the blast, belonged to this n'anga, who is well known in the area,' Sikhala said.

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