41 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

A view of a site of an explosion at a bar in Sapporo, Japan, December 16, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Courtesy: Twitter/ @KEIBAPANDRA/via Reuters)
Updated 16 December 2018
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41 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

  • The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido
  • Police said 41 people were injured, most of them mildly, though one was in serious condition

TOKYO: More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a restaurant in northern Japan, police said.
The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido.
Police said 41 people were injured, most of them mildly, though one was in serious condition. They were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The cause of the explosion, which occurred at a two-story restaurant in Sapporo’s Toyohira district, is under investigation, police said, adding that they had no further details.
TV footage from Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed the restaurant in flames, with debris scattered on the ground.
The footage showed gray smoke billowing from the restaurant as dozens of firefighters poured water onto the building, which was charred and nearly collapsing. Windows on an apartment building next door were broken.
A witness told NHK that he smelled gas after the sound of an explosion.


Russia warns of attempts to destabilize situation in Algeria

Sergei Lavrov, right, made the remarks ahead of discussions with Algeria’s Deputy PM Ramtane Lamamra, left. (AFP/File)
Updated 15 min 37 sec ago
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Russia warns of attempts to destabilize situation in Algeria

  • Algeria’s Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra is scheduled to visit other countries too

MOSCOW: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia was concerned by protests in Algeria and saw attempts underway to destabilize the situation in the North African country.
Lavrov made the comments before talks in Moscow with Algeria’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ramtane Lamamra.