A suspected fuel explosion tore by a Bangladesh mosque killing a minimum of 12 individuals whereas dozens suffered life-threatening burns, police stated Saturday.
Worshippers had been at Friday night prayers when the blast despatched a ball of flames by the mosque within the central district of Narayanganj, emergency providers stated.
Investigators suspected a spark from an air conditioner — which got here on after an influence lower — set off the fuel.
“Leaked fuel entered the mosque,” Narayanganj fireplace chief Abdullah Al Arefin informed AFP.
“Once they shut the home windows and doorways and switched on the air conditioners there was an electrical energy spark that led to the explosion contained in the mosque.”
The 12 who died had been amongst 37 taken to a specialist burns hospital in Dhaka in crucial situation, stated hospital spokesman Samanta Lal Sen.
He added that each one had suffered 70 to 80 p.c burns.
Police stated a minimum of 45 individuals had been injured by the blast and that folks had spoken of smelling a fuel leak.
In Bangladesh, security rules are sometimes defied in development. A whole lot are killed every year in fires within the nation of 168 million individuals.
In February final yr, an inferno in Dhaka’s outdated quarter killed 78 individuals. One month later, 25 individuals had been killed when a blaze engulfed a Dhaka workplace block.
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