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10 killed, 37 injured in gas depot blast in Egypt

English.news.cn   2014-03-30 03:38:30

CAIRO, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Ten people were killed and 37 others injured when a depot of petroleum products in a village in Egypt's southern province of Sohag exploded on Saturday evening, the MENA news agency reported.

The explosion caused big fire that extended to nearby houses, in which 10 people were killed and 37 others injured, MENA said. A local resident said the depot was used to store petroleum products which were sold at the black market.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that firefighters have put out the fire.

Sohag Governor Mahmoud Ateeq told MENA that he had ordered to send fire trucks and ambulances to the explosion site and the provincial security forces were deployed to launch investigations.

The victims have been transferred to hospital near the village.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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