At least 17 people died and more than 20 others were injured by a gas pipeline explosion on Friday at a mosque outside Dhaka, local media reported Saturday.
While 11 worshippers died during treatment on Saturday, a boy succumbed to his injuries on Friday, said Dr Samantha Lal Sen, chief of state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital's burn unit, the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.
The explosion on Friday night hit as Muslim worshippers were about to end their evening prayers at the Baitus Salat Jame mosque in Narayanganj district, almost 25 kilometres south of Dhaka, police officer Zayedul Alam said.More news: Gordon Murray T50 supercar gets truck-only S version
Kamrul Ahsan, a control room official at the fire service headquarters in Dhaka, said firemen managed to bring the flames under control after around half an hour of hectic effort.
Fire officials said gas that accumulated from a leak in a pipeline running underneath the mosque likely triggered the explosion.
About 38 people were rushed to Dhaka's state-run specialized burn and plastic surgery hospital, with majority sustaining 60 to 70 percent burns. "The explosion was probably triggered due to sparks when someone tried to switch the ACs or fans on or off".More news: Liverpool Dominates Shortlist for Player of the Year Award
Narayanganj Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Zayedul Alam visited the victims at the institute and said action will be taken if they found evidence of negligence against anyone in its inquiry.
Narayanganj Fire Service and police have already initiated investigation into the blast while the company formed another probe body to look into the incident. Worshipers, majority severely burnt, were found lying on the floor, according to them, the report said. A ball of flames went through the mosque following the blast, according to witnesses.
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