11 Jul 2011

Blast at Cyprus naval base

10:23 pm on 11 July 2011

A huge explosion has torn through the main Greek Cypriot naval base in Cyprus killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 30.

The seat of the explosion was at a munitions dump attached to the Cypriot base at Zygi on the south coast of the island, the BBC reports.

Authorities believe a fire broke out at among a store of explosives.

There are suggestions that the material had been confiscated from a ship travelling from Iran to Syria that the Cypriot authorities had impounded two years ago.

A large number of properties in nearby villages have been damaged and about 150 people have been left homeless.