At least 8 killed in explosion at Cape Town munitions plant

At least eight people were killed in an explosion at a South African munitions depot in Somerset West, near Cape Town, but the cause was still unknown, a fire and rescue official said on Monday.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) depot is a joint venture between Germany's Rheinmetall Defence and South Africa's state-owned arms maker Denel.

"I can confirm that eight people are dead," said Theo Layne, a fire and rescue spokesperson.

Police could not be reached to comment.

RDM said in a statement that an explosion occurred at one of its buildings, and would only say it's investigating.

RDM manufactures and supplies selected munitions and explosive-related products for armed and police forces in South Africa and around the world.

Rheinmetall holds a 51 per cent stake and Denel has a 49 per cent shareholding.

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