12 killed, 25 injured as six air conditioners explode in Bangladesh mosque


Dhaka, September 5

At least 12 worshippers, together with a toddler, have been killed and 25 others injured when a suspected fuel leak prompted six air conditioners to blow up virtually concurrently in a mosque on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, fireplace officers stated on Saturday.

The explosions occurred throughout prayers on the Baitul Salat mosque in Narayanganj river port city at round 9 pm on Friday. Twenty-five worshippers sustained burn accidents within the blast, in line with media experiences.

While 11 worshippers died throughout remedy on Saturday, a minor boy succumbed to his accidents on Friday, stated Dr Samantha Lal Sen, chief of state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit — National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

He stated 25 others at the moment are being handled on the unit however their situation was “very critical” because the burn prompted greater than 90 per cent harm to their our bodies.

Relatives of victims mourn at a hospital, after a fuel pipeline blast at a mosque in Narayanganj close to Dhaka, Bangladesh. REUTERS 

“Almost all of them have inhalation burns,” he stated, including: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called him this morning and expressed concern for the injured and directed to ensure all possible medical care for them.”

Fire officers suspect amassed fuel from a leaking pipeline prompted a fireplace which may have triggered the air conditioners to blow up.

“A pipeline of Titas Gas passes beneath the mosque. We are suspecting that gas leaked from the pipeline and accumulated inside as the windows were closed. The explosion was probably triggered due to sparks when someone tried to switch on or off the ACs or fans,” Narayanganj fireplace service’s deputy assistant director Abdullah Al Arefin was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune newspaper.

Relatives of victims mourn at a hospital, after a fuel pipeline blast at a mosque in Narayanganj close to Dhaka, Bangladesh. REUTERS

Witnesses stated they discovered 5 to 6 folks popping out of the mosque as quickly because the blast occurred. Worshipers, most of them severely burnt, have been discovered mendacity on the ground, in line with them, the report stated.

The Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, state fuel transmission and distribution company Titas and the district administration of Narayanganj every shaped a committee to analyze the near-simultaneous explosions. PTI



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