12 killed in Bangladesh mosque gas explosion

12 killed in Bangladesh mosque gas explosion”

Most of the victims suffered from 60 to 70 per cent burns, and the health condition of 25 others is also critical.

Worshippers were at Friday evening prayers when the blast sent a ball of flames through the mosque in the central district of Narayanganj, emergency services said.

The air conditioners on the ground floor appeared to have melted after six units of the Fire Service and Civil Defence watered the two-storey Baitus Salat Jame Masjid in the Sadar Upazila's Pashchimtalla neighbourhood.

A seven-year-old boy, who had burns on almost 95 per cent of his body died hours after he was admitted at the hospital, according to Samanta Lal Sen, head of the institute.

In February previous year, an inferno in Dhaka's old quarter killed 78 people.

© Provided by Associated Press Doctors treat burn Muslim worshipers in a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.

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Firefighters were investigating the cause of the explosion.

"Leaked gas entered the mosque", Narayanganj fire chief Abdullah Al Arefin told AFP.

Shafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Fatullah Police Station in Narayanganj, said huge blasts caused window glasses of the mosque fly onto the street and burnt ceiling fans, wires and electric switchboards.

A suspected gas explosion tore through a Bangladesh mosque killing at least 16 people while dozens suffered life-threatening burns, police said on Saturday.

Faulty installation of gas lines are often reported by Bangladeshi media, while unplanned road-digging work often leads to disasters in the country, which is seeking rapid industrial expansion and economic development.

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