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EU compound destroyed by fire in African country

No deaths or injuries were reported in the incident in Central African Republic, according to the bloc’s envoy

A major blaze ripped through an EU compound in Bangui, the capital Central African Republic, early on Monday, the bloc’s envoy to the country has said.

“The buildings of the EU Delegation in Bangui were ravaged by fire last night,” Douglas Darius Carpenter wrote on Twitter. The incident didn’t result in any fatalities or injuries, the envoy added.

The EU mission in Central African Republic will now attempt to reorganize its operations, which is going to take some time, Carpenter said.

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Images on social media show the compound, which consists of several one-story buildings encircled by a tall wall with barbed wire atop it, having been severely damaged by the fire. The reasons for the blaze are currently unknown.

Last week, the head of a Russian culture center who is a Foreign Ministry official, Dmitry Sytyy, was targeted in a terrorist attack in Central African Republic. He remains in critical condition after a parcel bomb exploded in his hands. Because he requires more qualified medical attention, the decision was made to evacuate him to Russia. His plane departed Bangui to Moscow on Monday.


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According to the news outlet RIA, the explosive-laden parcel sent to Sytyy originated in Togo, another African country that, like Central African Republic, is a former French colony.

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