Gas explosion hits market, kills at least 5 in southwest Iran

Gas explosion hits market, kills at least 5 in southwest Iran
Iranians watch a burning petrol station set on fire by angry Iranians early 27 June 2007 in the northwest of Tehran. (File/AFP)
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Updated 11 October 2020

Gas explosion hits market, kills at least 5 in southwest Iran

Gas explosion hits market, kills at least 5 in southwest Iran
  • Four men and one woman were killed, nine injured
  • Video from the site of the expolosion in the city of Ahvaz, capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, showed rescue teams looking for survivors in the rubble

DUBAI: A suspected gas explosion flattened a building and shops in a marketplace in southwest Iran on Sunday, killing at least five people, a fire official said, in the latest in a series of fires and blasts, some of which have hit sensitive sites.
State television showed rescue teams looking for survivors in the rubble of the two-story residential building located near a historic marketplace in the old district of the city of Ahvaz, capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province.
“The gas explosion led to the complete destruction of a two-story residential building... and four nearby residential buildings and six shops,” Ebrahim Qanbari, head of the fire department in Ahvaz, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency.
Four men and one woman were killed and nine people were injured, Qanbari said.
Some of the explosions in the past few months appeared to be linked to Iran’s deteriorating infrastructure, while others may have been security-related such as blasts at sensitive military and nuclear sites.