Martin Kobler, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission known by its French initials MONUSCO, said in a statement Saturday he was putting the mission on standby to help local authorities deal with the tragedy.
MONUSCO said about 50 people were injured in the Friday blast at a weapons depot in Mbuji Mayi near the center of the country.
The DRC is in the midst of a fragile truce between government forces and the March 23 Movement.
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