Twenty Third Winter Explosion: DHAKA, Bangladesh Explosion Dozen Dead Over 100 Injured

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An explosion in a seven-story commercial building in Bangladesh’s capital on Tuesday killed at least 17 people and injured dozens, officials said. The explosion occurred in Gulistan area, a busy commercial area of Dhaka, fire department official Rashed bin Khaled said by phone. The building contained several stores selling plumbing products and household items, and its first two floors were badly damaged, according to fire officials. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, but some reports said the explosion happened from accumulated gas. Khaled said at least 11 fire department teams were working at the scene of the explosion. Bacchu Mia, a police official at the state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said more than 50 people were taken there for treatment, and at least 14 of them were dead. The others later died from their injuries, he said. Local media reported at least 100 people were injured in the blast. The United News of Bangladesh agency reported that people on the upper floors were trapped for hours after the explosion. Brig. Gen. Main Uddin, director general of the Fire Servoce and Civil Defense, said they could not enter the ground floor and they had no clear data if anybody was trapped. Source


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