17 killed, 20 injured as six air-conditioners explode in Bangladesh mosque

Dhaka, September 5

A gasoline leak in an underground pipeline induced six air conditioners to blow up virtually concurrently in a mosque throughout Friday night prayers on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, killing 17 individuals, together with a toddler, and injuring 20 others.

Worshippers had been at Friday night prayers when the blast despatched a ball of flames via the Baitul Salat mosque within the central district of Narayanganj, officers mentioned.

At least 17 individuals together with a seven-year previous boy, succumbed to their accidents at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgeryhere, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

About 20 victims are present process therapy on the hospital and are acknowledged to be in essential situation.

Fire officers suspect amassed gasoline from a leaked pipeline triggered a spark and all six air conditioners on the bottom ground of the mosque exploded.

“A gas pipeline 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 Fire Service’s Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah Al Arefin was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

According to studies, the mosque committee had just lately filed a grievance over leakage of the gasoline pipeline of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited.

Narayanganj Fire Service and police have already initiated investigation into the blast whereas the corporate shaped one other probe physique to look into the incident.

Narayanganj Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Zayedul Alam visited the victims on the institute and mentioned motion can be taken in the event that they discovered proof of negligence towards anybody in its inquiry.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed concern over the incident and issued instructions to make sure all potential medical look after the victims.

Witnesses mentioned they discovered 5 to 6 individuals popping out of the mosque as quickly because the blast occurred. Worshipers, most of them severely burnt, had been discovered mendacity on the ground, in response to them, the report mentioned. — PTI

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