What we know so far about the explosion

A yet to be identified lorry that was loaded with gas exploded at around 23:30 (20:30 GMT)

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This is what we know so far about the blast and its aftermath:

  • A yet to be identified lorry that was loaded with gas exploded at around 23:30 (20:30 GMT)
  • A flying gas cylinder hit a nearby warehouse which stores garments and textiles
  • The fire further spread to nearby residential houses and damaged several vehicles and commercial properties
  • Several people were caught in their houses as it was late at night
  • Police have confirmed three fatalities
  • More than 250 people were injured
  • About 220 others are being treated at various hospitals
  • The scene has now been secured and a tracing desk has been set up
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