After a powerful explosion ripped apart a three-storey building in central Dhaka on Sunday, at least seven people died and another 50 people were injured, according to Bangladeshi officials. They cited a gas pipeline as the likely cause.
The explosion was so forceful that it broke down the windows of at least four moving buses and injured dozens of passengers on board, the police said.
The scene was inspected by firefighters rescuers after the suspected gas explosion in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Seven people were killed in the explosion, shared Dhaka police chief Shafiqur Rahman, although the fire service offered a lower death count of three.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Joint Commissioner Syed Nurul Islam told AFP, “Fire service officers are at the scene. They will investigate the reason of the explosion. But primarily we believe methane gas accumulated and concentrated in the pipeline and then exploded in the ground floor.”
He confirmed that there are no chances of foul play as the Bangladeshi capital had witnessed several similar explosions in recent years.
The blast had reduced the building that comprised of a restaurant, an electronics shop and several other stores to rubble, witnesses told local media.
Police told that at least two adjacent buildings were also partially damaged.