Beirut blast update: Over 70 killed, 3700 injures; 2750 tons of Ammonium Nitrate exploded
Beirut : At least 70 people have been killed and 3,700 injured in twin explosions which rocked the Lebanon capital Beirut on Tuesday. There are several videos on the internet which shows a huge round of smoke going in the air and nearby buildings left shaken with the blast force.
Announcing more about the blast, Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab explained that around 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded.
"It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures," AFP quoting him as saying at a defence council meeting.
In the videos, first huge smoke is seen, followed by a massive blast that sent up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave racing over the city.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump suspects the incident to be an attack and said, "It looks like a terrible attack."
"This was not some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of event. It seems to be, according to them — they would know better than I would — but they seem to think it was an attack.
"It was a bomb of some kind, yes," AFP quoted him saying. However, Lebanese government has not termed the blasts as “attack”.