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Gas Explosion At Mosque Kills At Least 16 In Bangladesh

At least 16 Muslim worshipers were killed and dozens more injured after a pipeline exploded near Baitus Salat Jame Mosque at Narayanganj.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An underground gas pipeline near a mosque exploded during evening prayers outside Bangladesh’s capital, leaving 16 Muslim worshipers dead and dozens injured with critical burns, officials said Saturday.

The blast occurred Friday night as people were finishing their prayers at Baitus Salat Jame Mosque at Narayanganj, local police chief Zayedul Alam said.

MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images Shattered glasses are seen inside a mosque following a fire in the central district of Narayanganj, on September 5, 2020

By Saturday afternoon, 16 people, including a 7-year-old boy, had succumbed to their injuries. Doctors at a burn unit of a state-run hospital were treating at least 37 people with burns on up to 90% of their bodies, said Samanta Lal Sen, a coordinator of the unit.

TV stations reported that because of the impact of the blast, at least six air…

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