15 people were killed and more than a hundred were injured in an explosion on Tuesday near the Gulistan area of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The incident took place at around 5 pm in the Siddiqui market of Dhaka’s North South Road. The injured have been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
After the explosion, the debris of a seven-storey building was scattered in the surrounding area. Due to the explosion, all the glasses of a bus passing through the road were shattered and many passengers were injured.
Apart from this, many van and rickshaw drivers and common people standing in front of that building were injured. Thousands of people have gathered on the spot after the explosion. The building where the blast took place had a shop selling tiles and sanitary items.
The fire services team reached the spot as soon as the news of the explosion was received, recovered four bodies from there and rescued many injured. The injured are being sent to the hospital.
But the director of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Brigadier General Mohammad Najmul Haque, said: “I have seen at least six bodies. There are currently 100 people being treated in our hospital. Many more injured are still arriving at the hospital. There is a possibility of increasing. That’s why all the doctors of the hospital have been called to deal with the emergency.
Local people say that there were some offices and residential flats in the upper part of that building. Fire Services officials are currently unable to tell how and why the explosion took place.