On Sunday, Bangladesh officials reported that a powerful explosion ripped apart a three storey building in central Dhaka. As per reports, the incident have taken away lives of seven people, injuring 50 individual. A Bangladeshi official notified that the explosion is expected to be caused from a gas pipeline.
Police informed that the explosion was so powerful that it broke the windows of at least four moving buses. They further expressed that it also injured almost dozens of passengers who were on board.
Shafiqur Rahman, Dhaka police chief informed that at least seven people were killed in the explosion, though the fire service offered a lower death count of three. Both the police and fire service officials reported injuries of around 50 people.
Syed Nurul Islam, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Joint Commissioner informed AFP that the fire service officials are at the accident spot and they will investigate the reason behind the explosion. He further added that initially they believe methane gas accumulated and concentrated in the pipeline and then exploded in the ground floor. However, he dismissed the probability of a foul play citing that the Bangladeshi capital have experienced several similar explosion in the recent past.
Eye witnesses expressed to the local media that the blast have reduced the building that comprised a restaurant, an electronic shop and several other stores. Police further notified that at least two adjacent buildings have been partially damaged.
Samanta Lal Sen, a doctor at the sheikh Hasina burn Hospital where several injured were taken for treatment informed that among all the injured at least four patients are in critical condition. According to reports, a police bomb disposal unit was also hurried at the spot.
Unit leader, Rahmatullah Chowdhury informed The Daily Star, “We are analysing the nature of the explosion as the ground floor of the building was destroyed.”