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In pictures: Albania explosions

Smoke rises from scene of explosion in Gerdec village

A series of explosions erupted from an arms depot north of the Albanian capital, Tirana.

Fire engine and police officers near scene of blast

Plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the scene of the blasts, which were loud enough to be heard dozens of kilometres away.

Emergency services near scene of blasts

Emergency services rushed to help those injured by the explosions, which happened as specialist teams dismantled munitions at the base.

Injured man arrives at hospital in town of Durres

Casualties from the surrounding area began arriving at hospitals for treatment.

Injured child at hospital

Some of the dozens of injured were young children.

Damaged advertising hoarding

The force of the blasts caused damage over a wide area.

Shattered shop window near site of blast

Windows in buildings were shattered, leading to many injuries.

Smoke rising behind damaged buildings

Many residents will be unable to return to homes that have been badly damaged.





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