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One killed and five injured in Dhaka blast

world Updated: Sep 28, 2009 15:15 IST
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At least one person was killed and five others injured when an explosion ripped through a major state-run corporation complex located at a major commercial hub in Dhaka, police and witnesses said on Monday.

An unusually loud explosion rocked the Motijheel area, the commercial district of Dhaka, which was fortunately almost empty due to Durga Puja, while the subsequent blaze immediately engulfed the upper three floors of the building after it sparked at the second floor, they added.

"The explosion broke windowpanes of the (state-run Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation) BCIC Sadan building, scattering objects like heavy air conditioners and computers 50 yards away from the building," police sub-inspector Tazul Islam told PTI at the scene.

"Six people who were inside the building were critically injured and one of them later succumbed to his wounds after being rushed to a hospital," Islam said.

"The causalities could be much higher had it occurred during the normal office day at the busy area," a journalist, who witnessed the rescue efforts, said.

Nine fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was extinguished after two hours but witnesses said the blaze had destroyed almost everything.