A gas pipeline explosion inside a mosque in Bangladesh left many in critical condition just as worshipers were conducting Friday night prayers. The explosion sent flames rushing through the mosque where worshipers huddled about to conclude their prayers. The deadly blast has since claimed 24 lives while dozens remain critically wounded. Officials are investigating what they believe to be a gas pipeline leak in the mosque and the injured have been shifted to Dhaka’s state-run specialized burn and plastic-surgery hospital.
Gas pipeline explosion in mosque
The incident occurred in Narayanganj district of the Bangladesh capital this Friday night. According to Samanta Lal Sen, coordinator of the burn unit, the dead even included a young seven-year-old boy. He said doctors were treating at least 37 people with burns on up to 90 percent of their bodies. Other eyewitnesses reported details of how the tragedy unfolded, “I saw smoke was belching out of the mosque after the sudden explosion with a big bang and people were screaming. Some were rolling on the street as they tried to put out the flames on their bodies,” Mohammad Ratan, a local resident, said.