22 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Chitungwiza Blast

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The bodies of a traditional healer and his three patients who perished in a mysterious blast in Chitungwiza yesterday afternoon were today removed from the scene of the explosion and taken for post mortems at Chitungwiza General Hospital. A seven month old baby was also killed in the blast which seriously injured two other people, destroyed four houses and damaged more than 12 others.

Chitungwiza Mayor Alderman Philimon Chipiyo said his council will hold an emergency meeting today to approve help to the affected families and to regulate the operations of traditional healers within built up areas.

Families of the deceased were told to report at the hospital tomorrow morning to collect the bodies of their relatives for burial.

Hundreds of residents for the second day running gathered around Ndororo Street in Zengeza 2 to view proceedings at the scene of the blast that was tightly secured by the police and Zimbabwe National army.

Members of the bomb disposal, forensic units and pathologists collected evidence from the scene.

Harare police spokesman Inspector Tedious Chibanda said the cause of the blast was still to be ascertained.

"Investigations are continuing. An analysis would be carried on the material gathered from the debris to establish the cause. The actual cause of the blast is not yet known.

"We urge the public to be patient as we continue with our investigations," he said.

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