Officials: Six killed, 14 injured in Mongolia gas explosion

Officials: Six killed, 14 injured in Mongolia gas explosion
Officials: Six killed, 14 injured in Mongolia gas explosion

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Six people were killed and 14 injured in a gas explosion caused by a vehicle crash in Mongolia’s capital today, authorities said. — AFP pic

ULAANBAATAR, January 24 — Six people were killed and 14 injured in a gas explosion caused by a vehicle crash in Mongolia’s capital today, authorities said.

A vehicle carrying 60 tons of liquified natural gas (LNG) collided with a car and exploded early Wednesday, the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said on its website.

“According to preliminary results, three people died in the fire,” Nema said on its website, adding three firefighters had also been killed while 14 people had been sent for medical treatment.

Ten of those were taken for treatment for burns, while one child was being treated for poisoning and three other infants were being cared for.

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Rescue teams were dispatched to the scene and the fire had been extinguished, it added.

Images shared by Nema showed emergency services at the scene of the fire, with huge flames engulfing the street.

The pictures showed the burnt-out husks of two vehicles and widespread damage to the street, with windows blown out at a nearby school.

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US Ambassador to Mongolia Richard Buangan said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic accident”.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and colleagues of the Nema staff members who lost their lives in this devastating event,” he said in a post on social media platform X. — AFP

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