12 Killed As Gas Explosion Rocks Bangladesh

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Gas explosion on Friday destroyed a Bangladesh mosque killing at least 12 people while dozens suffered life-threatening burns.

The Police on Saturday stated that worshippers were at Friday evening prayers when the blast sent a ball of flames through the mosque in the central district of Narayanganj.

It is suspected that a spark from an air conditioner set off the gas.

“Leaked gas entered the mosque,” Narayanganj fire chief Abdullah Al Arefin told AFP.

“When they shut the windows and doors and switched on the air conditioners there was an electricity spark that led to the explosion inside the mosque.”

37 taken to a specialist burns hospital in Dhaka in critical condition with 12 of them later dying from injuries, said hospital spokesman Samanta Lal Sen.

He added that all had suffered 70 to 80 per cent burns.

Police said at least 45 people were injured by the blast and that people had spoken of smelling a gas leak.

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