DHAKA: A minimum of 17 folks had been killed and greater than 100 injured after an explosion struck an workplace constructing within the Bangladeshi capital’s business district on Tuesday, police and medics mentioned.
The reason for the blast remained unclear however deadly constructing fires and explosions are frequent in Bangladesh, the place security enforcement is commonly lax.
The blast shook the decrease flooring of a seven-storey constructing in Gulistan, a significant hub for wholesale items in Dhaka shortly earlier than 5pm (native time).
A number of flooring of the constructing and the facet partitions had been destroyed within the explosion, which despatched rubble and splinters flying into crowded streets. “A minimum of 17 folks have died, together with two girls,” police inspector Bacchu Mia instructed.
Greater than 112 folks had been handled for head wounds, fractures and different accidents on the Dhaka Medical School Hospital, hospital director Nazmul Islam instructed.
“The sample of the accidents exhibits that it was an enormous explosion,” he mentioned, including that tons of of medical doctors and nurses had been mobilised. He mentioned some injured folks had been additionally despatched to different hospitals within the metropolis.
Regardless that rescuers acquired to the scene inside seven minutes of the blast, the extent of the harm has hampered their efforts to succeed in individuals who should be caught inside, in line with Hearth Division Chief Brigadier Common Foremost Uddin.
“It’s dangerous to enter the constructing now,” he mentioned. “We wanted reinforcements for columns and beams to proceed rescue (efforts) on the bottom ground and the underground,” Uddin mentioned.
“There may be nonetheless the potential of folks caught contained in the constructing,” he mentioned. He added that there was no fuel line beneath the constructing and no signal of explosives. “We’re looking for the rationale (for the blast),” he mentioned.
Anxious kinfolk crowded the blast website searching for lacking family members. A bus driver caught within the blast mentioned 30 of his passengers had been injured when his car was passing the constructing because the blast hit.