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Huge fire, explosions at military factory in Sudan capital


October 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Fear and panic spread in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday when massive explosions and fire erupted at a military factory in the southern suburbs of the city as the authorities failed to clarify the cause of the incident but dismissed rumors of a hostile action behind it.

Fire engulfs the Yarmouk ammunitions factory in Khartoum on 24 October 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Sounds of explosions followed by huge fire occurred at Al-Yarmook arms and ammunition factory of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in Al-Shigara area south of Khartoum at around midnight, sparking a wave of panic among the area’s residents who fled their homes in fear.

The fire and explosions also spread to near-by buildings, leading to the collapse of some of them, as hospitals in the area received dozens of people suffering from severe cases of suffocation due to the smoke.

The explosions also set free large pieces of shrapnel and ammunition which scattered across the area, a Sudan Tribune reporter said.

Fire fighting forces rushed to the scene and helped contain the fire as security forces blocked all roads leading to the large factory. A number of senior officials, including Khartoum State Governor Abdel Rahman Al-Khidir and officers from the National Intelligence and Security Services as well as SAF also arrived at the scene later.

Meanwhile, the authorities made conflicting statements on the cause of the incident but reported that no causalities were incurred as a result.

Khartoum State Governor Abdel Rahman Al-Khidir said in a televised statement that the cause of the incident is not clear yet but he discounted the possibility of foreign entities being involved.

His statement was clearly aiming to quell wildly spreading rumours that the factory was hit by an airstrike. Some witnesses told Sudan Tribune that the explosion occurred after a sound resembling that of a rocket was heard and the sky lit up. There is also a rumor that an airplane carrying military materiel crashed on the site of the factory but Sudan Tribune was not able to independently verify those claims.

Al-Khidir said that the explosion probably happened at the main storage facility of the large factory.

SAF’s spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad said that an internal explosion occurred in one of the storage facilities and the fire spread due to the plenty of grass in the area. He confirmed that they already launched an investigation into the incident.

An anonymous police source also told AFP that the explosion erupted during a routine maintenance operation, adding that the authorities continue to count the losses.

A similar explosion occurred at the same factory in August 2006 leading to the injury of seven SAF members. The authorities attributed the incident at the time to an electric short circuit.


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  • 24 October 2012 06:52, by michael coma

    The God of Darfurians,Blue nilian and Kordufan people has turned stone face to the enemies of his people.That factory is the main caused of all problems in the wole Sudan at large,So let it burn completely to ashes.I hope Al Bashir is in that burning flame crying for help from Salva Kiir.

    • 24 October 2012 06:55, by michael coma

      I meant whole instead of wole.

  • 24 October 2012 07:05, by Madina Tonj

    Sudan’s government is absolutely evil just like Adolf of Germany did to Jewish people. I wish if there is any way for International community to damages Sudan’s war airplanes and military wearehouse so that, they will not use to kills Nubian people and Darfurian people. You can visit southsudanhub.com
    You will see Nubian civilians being kills like Dogs and Khartoum must be punish for their evil

    • 24 October 2012 08:06, by 4Justice

      Haj Amin al-Husseini, and his buddy Adolf Hitler

      • 24 October 2012 10:55, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        God Punishment has already started on Sudan,when even their economic is highly droping,SPLA/N has the upper hands now,military factory is on fire,very bad news for the Sudan.
        That means every military hard ware Sudan is currently having are all expired.

        • 24 October 2012 19:35, by Machine

          Thank God for helping suppress. We shall start affresh. Don’t worry you will recover with time although concurrently with S. Sudan

      • 25 October 2012 01:57, by Samuel Malual

        Now the Jews are above your Arabism and you will never defeat them forever. May the mighty land of christianity grow beyond Israel.

      • 25 October 2012 08:10, by Abyei Soil

        Very terrible technique

  • 24 October 2012 07:05, by Madina Tonj

    Sudan’s government is absolutely evil just like Adolf of Germany did to Jewish people. I wish if there is any way for International community to damages Sudan’s war airplanes and military wearehouse so that, they will not use to kills Nubian people and Darfurian people. You can visit southsudanhub.com
    You will see Nubian civilians being kills like Dogs and Khartoum must be punish for their evil

  • 24 October 2012 07:05, by Madina Tonj

    Sudan’s government is absolutely evil just like Adolf of Germany did to Jewish people. I wish if there is any way for International community to damages Sudan’s war airplanes and military wearehouse so that, they will not use to kills Nubian people and Darfurian people. You can visit southsudanhub.com
    You will see Nubian civilians being kills like Dogs and Khartoum must be punish for their evil

  • 24 October 2012 07:10, by dengtaath

    Useless khartoum,God punish them. How many people they have been killed in a cold blood, let them burn.They burn kids in darfur and blue nile as well,shame to you Muslim!

    • 24 October 2012 07:36, by Ruach

      Wait many more punishments are coming!I will update you soon

      • 24 October 2012 20:53, by panom lualbil

        President AL BASHIT should pay much attention about NYAGAATE in Khartoum. Not ONLY to fuck them in ASSES but also to feed them as well. Of course, these folks wont STAND SITUATIONS regarding anger. In fact, it force them to making destructions as well as to rebelionshiting.

    • 24 October 2012 07:49, by Xeno

      Those were cruise missiles from ALLAH that hit your amo factory faggots. Allah Khabar!!!!

  • 24 October 2012 07:38, by wang

    Israel will keep her eyes on those illegal weapons destructions, which Khartoum try build in the southern suburbs

  • 24 October 2012 07:43, by allan

    hope the whole city was on fire so we can start together from zero groung

    • 24 October 2012 08:27, by sudani ana

      Stupid Southernors gloating at every misfortune that befalls us. At least we have factories that can have fires, what do you idiots have? NOTHING !!

      • 24 October 2012 09:10, by Muoranyar

        useless which factories are you talking about, you used our oil for building those factories now feel it, it is turning away what you stole from against you, so it is paining you right? south sudan is going to get its factories a very clean ways not stealing other people’s resources and put your head up for nothing useless killers, have it and feel it good mr murderer hahahaha..

      • 24 October 2012 12:06, by Wrong Chemical

        insulting southerners that stupid at every misfortune that befalls on u, don’t know God has punished u for what u stolen from South Sudan,like OIL,still more to come live alone that,ooh my God I appreciated u 4 a good work done to great great great great enemy.Nhialic,,,,oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      • 24 October 2012 13:56, by Wrong Chemical

        to sudan ana;
        stop stop stop putting ur bad wishes on South Sudan when something happen u raise gloomy eyes to us,but look here urs rumours said the airstrike hit by factory & others rumours airplane carrying militarily material look at logic of urs,where does this warplane going? coming to bomb south & Blue Nile,ALLAH el-Kharim, ’’what goes round comes round’’ I condemn it still more to come.

  • 24 October 2012 08:25, by Dumez Davis

    Psychologist Robert Sternberg has defined wisdom as the use of one’s own intelligence and experience, mediated by values, toward the achievement of a common good. Without wisdom Sternberg argues that smart people are especially susceptible to fallacies such as egocentrism, omniscience, omnipotence, and invulnerability.

  • 24 October 2012 08:27, by Dumez Davis

    He said,wise leaders have the ability, developed through openness to experience, together with insight and reflection, to discern truth and exercise good judgment. This requires clarity, authenticity, and agility.

    • 24 October 2012 08:29, by sudani ana

      Stupid Southernors gloating at every misfortune that befalls us. At least we have factories that can have fires, what do you idiots have? NOTHING !!

      • 24 October 2012 08:46, by Northern Sudanese

        sudani ana
        my friend, these people have nothing else in life. the only thing they have is a green empty land. Also, the only thing which unites them is their hate towards the north. They are too weak so they only pray for Israel and US.

        • 24 October 2012 12:53, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,
          Iam so glad you mentioned the obivious about South Sudan, green land and haters of north Sudan. Green land means very rich counrty, right ? In green their is life and in sand and desert there is no life like Sudan. Death to all fake Arabs, Israel is great bombing Sudanese factory in the middle of the night, now it is time SPLM/N to finish everything in Sudan. Death to Fake Arab

        • 24 October 2012 13:32, by Garang Pap

          Dear Sudanese Ana
          Southern Sudanese are going to be the husbands of Northern Sudanese Soon as you have seen the first example and last one will be worse then that please, weakened people you will be under us.
          we shall be responble for you if not you leave Sudan and you run to Cairo where you came from.you will not have Vioce again.
          Garang Abun

  • 24 October 2012 08:41, by unbwogable

    Mission accomplished. a series of sabotage has been planned to year to weaken bashit Military strenght. this is just one of many to be emplemented this year. there are around 150 amminition storage facilities within the country that have been earmark for sabotage. more are to happen soon saty won.

  • 24 October 2012 08:45, by Nubian King

    I pity the Sudanese authorities, how on the earth do you call yourself an authority if one can’t detect an out-of-ordinary situation prior to its happening? Citizens were praying last time when Israel bombed (defense minister’s word), what reason will he give this time,..that the explosion started popopo buum? Ahilu’s nearing, all the hypocrites should quit and leave the land to the owners!

    • 24 October 2012 09:03, by Northern Sudanese

      Nubian King
      are you even sudanese? no , so shut the crap do you hear me calling myself ’’Dinka King’’?
      for every big incidents , or murder , or broken rule investigations take place and those take time. until now, evidences show that the explosion came from internal and not a foreign strike!

      • 24 October 2012 13:28, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,
        you are so angry why ? Israel is doing great job by bombing SAF factory then our brave Nuba will follow to finish the work. Sudan must be liberated as we started in South Sudan, so please do not get hard on people when they air their views. Death to all fake Arabs in Sudan.

      • 24 October 2012 15:46, by Nubian King

        Dear N.Sudanese,
        Do you have sufficient proves to show that am not a Sudanese, who said whoever speaks against the govt of their country doesn’t belong to that country?...question list continues.For your info, am a more Sudanese than you because you only walked into Sudan carrying a mini-sack (Mukhla)to fill you tummy and hence possess not any patent of even speaking on Sudan matters.

    • 24 October 2012 09:07, by mohamed mahgoub

      My felow nubian no regret this is good for the women & children of nuba & BN who h’ d been bombed all year long by the out put of this factory.

      • 24 October 2012 09:22, by Northern Sudanese

        mohamed mahgoub
        why don’t you stop the nonsense and focus on your own starvation, your people are dying from stupidity which bring diseases and food shortages.

        • 24 October 2012 11:53, by australian

          So many nasty thoughts! Courtesy of "Allah", no doubt.

        • 24 October 2012 13:32, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,
          If there is shame it should be on fake Arabs in Sudan who are selling out their young men to libya for what ? Very a little money. People who have no values, fake Arabs. you should go to hide to safe your neck rather than putting yourslef out there to be seen. Death to all fake arabs.

        • 24 October 2012 15:23, by mohamed mahgoub

          N Sudanese u r right I m focusing on my own ppl who r starving & dying from diseases & genocide in SK,BN,Darfur,however,if all sudanese are stupid just like u,I m so ready to give up my citizenship and go seek an asylum in south Sudan or Iserael

          • 25 October 2012 01:01, by australian

            MM: can I make a suggestion? If you seek asylum in South Sudan, can you leave your religion behind in Darfur? The last thing South Sudan needs is Muslims. It needs free people who look upon others as equals, not the divisive, supremacist problems Islam brings.

            • 25 October 2012 02:14, by mohamed mahgoub

              A did u left the habit of stealing public money when u renamed Australian,anyway,Sudan& S.Sudan both r the worse places for agood licing

              • 25 October 2012 03:25, by australian

                MM: what are you talking about? "Stealing public money"...? "Agood licing"...?

                • 25 October 2012 07:00, by mohamed mahgoub

                  A. I already have more than enough problems at home to keep me busy from wasting my time try to explain how bad is the situation in your count. u have so much going on at ur home better focus on it than looking over ur shoulder to ur nieghbour

        • 24 October 2012 15:27, by Ruach

          Hey Gays:The explosion was the mesiles released in Israel to help the poor Nubians,Furs and Blue Nilians in the hands of Terrorists!They have no money to construct anothe mesile factory and that will be the end of Khartoum!Death to them!!

          • 24 October 2012 21:13, by panom lualbil

            Hey fucky! When did you break up with your ARAB HUSBANDS? While in previous week, your uncle GATWEC DUEL was caught chatting with his boyfriend [OMER BASHIR] in Khartoum! Folks, you wont be BLESS by GOD when you believed in both MUHAMMED and JESUS CHRIST at the same time!

            • 25 October 2012 20:05, by Ruach

              Stupid Panom!get your rotten Ngundeng teeth away from me!

  • 24 October 2012 11:06, by Pete

    That is exactly what Northerners should expect because their hostilities against the innocent citizens in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states are numbered in front of the supreme being.

  • 24 October 2012 11:14, by 4Justice

    Barack Hussein Obama, Banki Moon God and Thabo Mbeki are not happy about this, their good friends in Khartoum don’t deserve this.

  • 24 October 2012 11:41, by pabaak

    This is the begging of true story of "Khartoum is burning" in history, their wrongdoing toward indigenous has reach high level, they should punishment as a result. the Idiot called himself sudan ana, you are not even from Sudan, you might be half Haleb of Egypt,Turkey or Fake Arab came from Arabian punesuila 15 century ago to look for trade in land of Black called ’Sudan’, prepare to look where

    • 24 October 2012 11:43, by pabaak

      to go now because true owners of land are coming from all directions

  • 24 October 2012 12:03, by Northern Sudanese

    Seriously , you southerners are fucked up! only celebrate when something nasty happens in the north not knowing whats happening in your own shithole lol, there is no strike it was an internal incident!

    • 24 October 2012 13:37, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      you gay fake Arab need to come out clear and tell the world the truth, all truth, but nothing truth. Israel bombed SAF factory, that is the fact, you can run but you can not hide. Gay people who fuck themsleves 5 times a day ( GATHA JAMAR). yes, our Israel did carry out air strike, whther you like it or not that is what happended, weaked people.

    • 24 October 2012 14:36, by Wrong Chemical

      to nothern suddan;
      AAAAAH AAAAh, it is true that dead arab is truearab, look what have been witness in world wide u deny oyoo, look oga where does warplane going with materials?

    • 24 October 2012 14:36, by Wrong Chemical

      to nothern suddan;
      AAAAAH AAAAh, it is true that dead arab is truearab, look what have been witness in world wide u deny oyoo, look oga where does warplane going with materials?

  • 24 October 2012 12:56, by Mangulung Rooric

    Hahaha Sudan must stop manufacturing destruction weapon otherwise you will never miss missile attack from western world

  • 24 October 2012 13:33, by Good Fox

    Why do you crack your mind for this blood thirsty regime in the capital. they are being taught a lesson by God whom they shout all the time.do they think that those they are killing in Nuba Mountains and Darfur are just chicken? they are also human. wether black or spanic, red or white, we are human. Khartuom will one day wake up and find themselves in shite. we want omdurman burn too.

    • 24 October 2012 14:01, by sudani ana

      The thing is, we built this factory, we have others, and we can build many more. What about you Southerners? you don’t even have a soap factory, cooking oil factory, nothing...OH sorry .. you have a beer factory !!! pathetic drunks. At least you’ve got your priorities right hey!!!

  • 24 October 2012 14:06, by Ram mi Ran

    Woow that is great and thanks to one who made it. the end of that stupid Bashir is coming very sooon hell to Bashir.

    • 24 October 2012 15:05, by Marolditapei

      Bashir is missing too while Turabi and sufists are suspected to be behind the incident. Majak Agot planned a coup two weeks ago and Gatwech Dual was victimized for it while Muslim brotherhood fundamental society of Egypt is suspected behind the facory bombing of yesterday, Osman Tah is under investigation for trying to speed up the resignation of Bashir so that he takes over.

      • 24 October 2012 15:22, by sudani ana

        Are you drunk already!!!! You should lay off the mareesa man, you’re beginning to sound like a nut case.

  • 24 October 2012 16:10, by NUER BOY

    It is a very clear message to jallabin that God the father of all have heard of all crys of ennocent people u r killing in Darfur and Kordofan, that is just a beginnig otherwise big thing funnishment will come 4 u idiots.

  • 24 October 2012 21:55, by James Maker Akok

    This is a begininning of North Sudan Government collapse. Israel know know what North Sudan Government doing as you know Israel is a South Sudan brother/friend. UNSC will not do anything on Israel whether North Sudan Government complain to UNSC about Israel bombing North Sudan.

  • 24 October 2012 23:39, by Arakataa

    Hey!! GUYS can you let me be aware of two people whether they have die in the military factory or not becoz i have not been seeing them commenting in this fanstatic bomb occuring at northern sudan thier names are including Mohamed Ali and Jalaby rest in peace if yu have die and then if you are alive then comment man.

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      @ Arakataa,
      I like your comment. I was just about to say that but i guess it will just be easier to copy and paste your comment with your reference.

    • 25 October 2012 11:32, by australian

      Arakataa: I have been laughing for a long time after reading your message...it made my day!

  • 25 October 2012 01:54, by Samuel Malual

    @ Sudani
    First of all you need to do research about resources and exactly what type of resources you have and what is the of it at international market? The factories were built with our resources in the South. Our oil in Bentiu, our oil in Abyei and Panthou have improve your infrastructures. Tell me where did you get resources from without us in the South?

  • 25 October 2012 06:52, by littlejimmy

    dear stupid sudani ana, you know now your ass on fire,
    anyway sudan always used our asses and oil to kill inonses civilian in Darfur and Nuba Muantian. sham on you sudanese and sham on Ismal. shot your damp ass and go to hell this is the beginning of your end.

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