One dead, 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market

Updated on Aug 14, 2022 05:17 PM IST

The blast, the cause of which was not immediately known, ripped through the "retail market in Surmalu. According to preliminary information it started a fire. There are victims," the ministry said.

Smoke rises from Surmalu market about two kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the center Yerevan, Armenia.(AP)
Smoke rises from Surmalu market about two kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the center Yerevan, Armenia.(AP)
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An explosion at a retail market in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday sparked a fire, killing one person and injuring 20, the emergency situations ministry said.

The blast, the cause of which was not immediately known, ripped through the "retail market in Surmalu. According to preliminary information it started a fire. There are victims," the ministry said.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed a thick column of black smoke over the market and successive detonations could be heard.

The ministry said there were 10 firefighting trucks on the spot and another 10 were on their way.

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