Death toll from Bangladesh mosque AC explosion rises to 24

Dhaka, September 6

The demise toll from an explosion of air conditioners in a mosque on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka rose to 24, with three extra victims succumbing to their accidents on Sunday, docs stated.

A gasoline leak in an underground pipeline triggered six air conditioners to blow up virtually concurrently throughout Friday night prayers on the Baitul Salat mosque within the central district of Narayanganj.

Twenty-one victims of the blasts died till 11 pm Saturday. Three extra victims died on Sunday throughout their therapy, the Daily Star reported, quoting docs of the Dhaka-based Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.

A seven-year-old boy was among the many 24 lifeless.

Another 13 persons are battling for his or her lives on the hospital, in response to

Fire officers suspect amassed gasoline from a leaking pipeline triggered a spark and all six air conditioners on the bottom flooring 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 fireplace service’s deputy assistant director Abdullah Al Arefin stated on Saturday.

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

The members of the committee stated the Titas Gas authorities requested for a Tk50,000 bribe. As the bribe was not paid, the authorities uncared for the matter which resulted on this disaster, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

Four separate probe committees — the Narayanganj district administration, the hearth service, the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, and the Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) — have been shaped to research the incident, it stated.

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

Witnesses stated they discovered 5 to 6 individuals popping out of the mosque as quickly because the blast occurred. Worshippers, most of them severely burnt, have been discovered mendacity on the ground, they stated. PTI

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