16 killed in lunchtime blast at cafeteria in southern China – India Times English News

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Emergency officials work at an explosion site in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality on Friday.

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  • At least 16 people were killed in a lunchtime explosion in an office cafeteria in southwest China on Friday
  • The Chongqing city government said in an online statement that the gas leak was believed to be the suspected cause of the explosion.
  • Cafeteria collapsed, victims trapped inside

At least 16 people were killed and 10 injured in an explosion in an office cafeteria in southwest China on Friday.

The Chongqing city government said in an online statement that the suspected cause of the explosion was a gas leak.

The cafeteria collapsed, trapping the victims inside. The official Xinhua news agency said rescue workers searched the rubble at night and all the bodies were recovered by midnight. One of the survivors is in critical condition, Xinhua said.

The explosion occurred at 12:10 pm at a government sub-district office in Wulong district, which is about 75 kilometers (120 mi) west of Chongqing city center and known for its beautiful karst rock formations.

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