Nine Killed in Gas Explosion in East Algeria

Source: Asharq Al-Awsat

: In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug.11, 2021, a man looks at a forest fire near the village of Larbaa Nath Irathen, neat Tizi Ouzou, in the mountainous Kabyle region, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Algeria’s capital of Algiers. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum)

Nine people were killed and 16 others injured in a gas explosion in eastern Algeria which caused a three-storey building to collapse on Thursday, national television said.

Rescue workers were searching the rubble in the town of Bordj Bou Arreridj for possible victims or survivors, local authorities said, adding that neighboring houses had been damaged.

The explosion, which occurred in the morning, “was caused by a gas leak”, a local official said.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune sent a message of condolence to the bereaved families, AFP reported.

In February eight people, including three children, were killed by a gas explosion at a home in the neighboring town of Setif.

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