Seven killed, hundreds injured in powerful explosion in Dhaka; Police suspect gas leak – Times of India

Dhaka: A loud explosion occurred in an old three-storey building in a congested area BangladeshAt least seven people were killed and around 400 others injured in the capital city of the capital due to a faulty gas line or gas cylinder, officials said on Monday.
Police have denied any conspiracy behind the horrific explosion that took place in Moghbazar area around 7.30 pm on Sunday and said preliminary investigations at the spot suggest that the blast may have happened due to accumulation of gas.
Officials suspect that the building that collapsed was the center of the blast as it housed a restaurant and a faulty gas line or gas cylinder used by it may have been the cause of the blast.
The explosion was so strong that the shock wave shattered the windows of about a dozen nearby buildings.
Seven nearby buildings and two passenger buses were badly damaged in the blast, killing seven people and injuring 400, of whom 50 are in critical condition. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Shafikuli Islam Said late Sunday night.
seriously injured were sent Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.
The Dhaka Community Hospital treated around 300 victims, said AZM Rahmatullah Shabuz, the hospital’s external in-charge, adding that he treated victims who had mostly cuts to their bodies or heads.
“Most of them were cut by pieces of glass. Many had head wounds,” said Sabuj.
On the possibility of a deliberate explosion, the police commissioner told BDNews, “It doesn’t seem like it to me. If it had happened or there was a bomb blast, people would have been devastated by the splatter.”
“I have gathered from the fire brigade that the gas had accumulated here,” he said.
fire brigade Chief Brigadier General Sajjad hussain Said primary evidence suggests the explosion was triggered by a leak after the gas had accumulated.
“There were gas cylinders in a restaurant on the ground floor of the building and air conditioners in a showroom above. There were gas cylinders at the road construction site at the site, an investigation has been launched,” Hussain said.
According to residents of the neighbourhood, the blast triggered panic in one part of the city, while television footage showed broken pillars, pieces of concrete and glass on a road in the central part of the nation’s capital.
50-year-old Tajul Islam said, “I was in the bus when the explosion happened. I jumped from a narrow window of the vehicle, initially thinking that the bus gas cylinder exploded, never in my life such a big explosion happened. ” , who has sustained injuries on his back and complained of hearing impairment due to the blast, told PTI.
Another eyewitness said he saw a fireball passing over his head and the explosion made everything around him dark and smokey, while pieces of glass rained down.
“The sound was so loud that it scared everyone,” he told a TV channel.
According to eyewitnesses, soon after the explosion, buses and cars collided and panicked passengers struggled to get out of the vehicles.
Several residents of an apartment building in the area came down after the blast.
One of them, Mufkar ul Islam, said: “We are some distance here. Still, many of our apartment’s windows were broken.”


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