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Bangladesh mosque explosion: Three more succumb to injuries, toll rises to 24 – World News , Firstpost

Twenty-one individuals had died until Saturday after a leak from a fuel pipeline brought about six air conditioners to blow up nearly concurrently on the Baitul Salat mosque in Narayanganj on Friday

A suspected fuel explosion tore via a Bangladesh mosque killing no less than 12 folks whereas dozens suffered life-threatening burns, police mentioned on 5 September. AFP

Dhaka: The 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 mentioned.

Another 13 individuals are battling for his or her lives on the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, docs on the hospital mentioned.

A fuel leak in an underground pipeline brought about six air conditioners to blow up nearly 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, docs mentioned. A seven-year-old boy was among the many 24 useless.

“This is a very unfortunate incident…May Allah saves the life of 13 people battling for their lives,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina mentioned in a condolence message whereas addressing the ninth session of the eleventh Parliament on Sunday.

Fire officers suspect collected fuel 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 mentioned on Saturday.

Hasina advised Parliament that she has issued orders to assessment the hearth security system of mosques throughout the nation within the wake of the incident. It may even be verified whether or not the fuel and electrical energy connections on the Baitul Salat mosque have been correct, she mentioned.

According to stories, the mosque committee had not too long ago filed a grievance over leakage of the fuel pipeline of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited.

The members of the committee mentioned the Titas Gas authorities requested for a  Tk 50,000 bribe. As the bribe was not paid, the authorities uncared for the matter which resulted into this disaster, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

Hasina mentioned separate investigations have been ordered to establish precisely how the explosion occurred and confirm tasks of individuals involved.

Four separate probe committees — by Narayanganj district administration, Fire Service, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, and Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) — have been shaped to analyze the incident.

Meanwhile, police have filed a case of negligence towards the mosque administration committee and the utility authorities.

Witnesses on Friday mentioned they discovered 5 to 6 folks 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 mentioned.

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