At least seven people were killed on Sunday after a gas pipeline exploded in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong, police said.
Police Chief Mohammed Mohsin said 25 people were also taken to the hospital. He added that the death toll could rise as some of the injured were in critical condition.
The explosion occurred in an area in front of a five-story building as residents were getting ready for work in the morning. The blast blew some of the building’s walls off, Reuters reported.
It was also reported that the road in front of the explosion site was busy with people and a boundary wall fell causing more injuries on the street. One person suffered burns as a result of the blast and others were wounded following the wall collapse.
Pipelines and gas cylinders are often the cause of accidents in Bangladesh due to a lack of monitoring.