Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Powerful explosion kills 19 in Iran capital

At least 13 die as huge explosion tears through buildings in Iranian capital Tehran Gas explosion at medical clinic rocks Iran’s capital, killing 19
Deanna Wagner | 01 July, 2020, 08:48

Eyewitnesses said the cause of the explosion was unknown, with the Khabaronline news site suggesting 13 deaths and several more injured. Medical units were dispatched immediately, ' the EMS said in a statement.

Pictured: Footage of a powerful explosion at a clinic in northern Tehran.

Iranian state television is reporting an explosion in a medical clinic in northern Tehran.

Hamidreza Goudarzi, deputy Tehran governor, told state TV a gas leak in the building was the cause of the incident.

Hossein Ghanzankari tweeted a clip of a person being lifted into an ambulance, commenting: "Iranian news agency says patients are being evacuated from the medical building in north of Tehran after tonight's explosion".

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Tehran fire department spokesman Jalal Maleki told state TV that the explosion occurred as gas canisters caught fire in the clinic's basement.

The spokesman of the emergency services told Mehr news agency that "Twenty-five people were at the location when the explosion took place and ten men and three women died" and confirmed the hospitalization of six others.

But a local newspaper announced on its social media Telegram channel that 17 people have been killed.

The explosion occurred in the underground floors of the building which caused smoke to rise up through the floors, the agency reported, adding that firefighters have been able to localize the fire.

The incident follows an explosion last week near a military site on the outskirts of Tehran that officials blamed on a gas tank.