BSS-62 Death toll rises to 20 in AC burst at Narayanganj mosque

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Death toll rises to 20 in AC burst at Narayanganj mosque

DHAKA, Sept 5, 2020 (BSS) – The death toll in the last night’s air
conditioner (AC) blast at a mosque in Narayanganj has so far risen to
20 with three more critically injured people succumbing to their burn
injuries at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic
Surgery here in the afternoon.

Dr Samanta Lal Sen, coordinator of the institute, confirmed it.

The deceased were identified as Ibrahim (43), Delwar Hossain (48),
Mostafa Kamal (34), Sabbir (21), Zubair (18), Zunayed (17), Humayun
Kabir (70), Rifat (18), Kuddus Bepari (72), Jamal (40), seven-year-old
Jewel, Rashed (30), Mainuddin (12), Jaynal (40), Nayan (27), Kanchan
(50), Rasel (34), Bahauddin (55), Mizan (34) and Abdul Malek (60),
imam of the mosque.

Besides, 17 people, who are in critical condition, are now
undergoing treatment at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn
and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka Medical College Hospital here.

At least 50 people suffered severe burn injuries in the AC blast at
Pashchim Talla Baitus Salah Mosque around 8.30 pm in Narayanganj after
Esha prayers on Friday.

Narayanganj Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah Al
Arefin said that a gas pipe line of Titas Gas Transmission and
Distribution Company Limited has gone through the bottom of the
mosque.

The AC might have blasted from leakage in the gas pipe line as the
gas accumulated inside the mosque from the leak could not pass as the
windows were closed due to the AC, he added.

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