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Note: This is a developing story

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town's fire and rescue service was carrying out search and rescue operations for six people still believed to be missing after an explosion at a munitions factory close to Somerset West and Strand in the Western Cape. 

"The City's Fire and Rescue Service responded to Rheinmetall Denel Munitions Factory at 15:45," Fire and Rescue spokesperson Theo Layne said. 

"On arrival it was ascertained that an explosion had occurred and staff of the factory were extinguishing the subsequent fire. 

"Four persons are confirmed to have sustained fatal injuries and firefighters are currently carrying out search and rescue for a further six persons. The cause of the explosion has not been ascertained as yet. 

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"Currently there are 15 firefighters with three fire engines at the incident," Layne said. 

Layne has since confirmed that at least eight people had been killed.

Fire and Rescue spokesperson Theo Layne


The families of the people believed to have been killed in the explosion are believed to be on their way to the scene of the explosion. 

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The Rheinmetall Denel Munitions factory is situated between Somerset West and Strand. 

It has since been confirmed by Layne that eight people have died as a result of the explosion. 

This is a developing story.

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