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Two dead as cylinder explodes at CNG station in Karachi

KARACHI: At least two person lost their lives and four left wounded in a cylinder explosion at Combined Natural Gas (CNG) filling station in Karachi on Sunday, ARY News reported.

The incident took place in North Karachi area of the metropolis. Rescue sources said that the explosion occurred at compressor room of the filling station.

The wounded persons were identified as pump owner Muhammad Rashid, Faqeer Muhammad and Saqib. However, the identification of other affectees is yet to be disclosed.

The bodies and injured persons have been shifted to nearby hospital by the rescue teams arrived in at the location.

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Heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies have reached the location and cordoned off the site.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) talking to journalists at the site of the incident said, no evidence of cylinder or a compressor blast were found.

The Bomb Disposal Squad has been called on to investigate the matter.

BDS report

Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) has forwarded an initial investigation report to higher authorities relating to explosion occurred at the CNG filling station in Karachi.

The report stated that the explosion took place in a room connected with the Manager’s Room due to electric short circuit and gas leakage.

The high-intensity explosion shattered window glasses of the Manager’s Room and put cracks on the wall.

Fire erupted inside the room which killed at least two people and wounded four in the incident, the report said.

The incidents of cylinder and gas leakage explosion are common in Pakistan which claimed many lives in past as well following lack of standard checking of cylinders being used for commercial and domestic purpose.

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