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7 killed in Chattogram gas pipeline blast

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At least seven people including pedestrians were killed and 15 injured in a gas pipeline explosion at a house in Patharghata of Chattogram city this morning, police said.

At least seven people including pedestrians were killed and 15 injured in a gas pipeline explosion at a house in Patharghata of Chattogram city this morning, police said.

Two of the deceased were identified as Noor Islam, 30, and Annie Barua, 40, our Chattogram correspondent reports their respective families.

On information, firefighters rushed to the spot and rescued people who were trapped under the debris, said Purna Chandra Mutsuddi, deputy assistant director (DAD) of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defence.

The explosion occurred on the ground floor of a five-storey building, owned by Dharma Pal Barua, on Brickfield Road around 8:30am, said Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station.

Fire service official Purna Chandra Mutsuddi said a major portion of the ground floor was blown off in the explosion.

Around 22 people were rushed to Chattogram Medical College Hospital where doctors declared seven people death.

Among the deceased, Nur Islam was a housepainter by profession and was working in the adjacent building when the explosion took place, said his wife Sadiya Sultana.

The couple got married around two and a half years back and have a one-year old daughter, she added.

Meanwhile another deceased Annie Barua was the headmaster of Mehrani Govt Primary School and was crossing the street when the gas pipeline exploded, resulting in her death, the correspondent quoted Annie Barua’s father Engineer Palash Barua as saying.

 

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