Staff Correspondent in Dhaka,
At least one person has been died and dozens other wounded after an explosion at a mosque near Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police and fire fighters said on Saturday.
The explosion occurred on Friday night when Muslim worshipers were about to end their late evening prayers at Baitus Salat Jame Masjid in Narayanganj district, officer Mohammad Zayedul Alam said.
The scene is nearly 25 kilometers south of the capital Dhaka.
Gas line leakage might have caused the explosion that immediately triggered a fire inside the mosque, the officer said adding that local residents and the members of the Fire Service and Civil Defence department rescued the victim.
Thirty-seven of 40 victims with severe wounds were rushed to Dhaka’s specialized burn and plastic surgery institute, he added.
A seven-year boy died at the hospital hours after he was transferred to the health facility, Samanta Lal Sen, head of the institute, told reporters.
He said the condition of most of the victims is critical.
Firefighters preliminarily suspect a gas leak behind the explosion as an underground gas line passed beneath the mosque.
“We are suspecting that gas accumulated from the line might have caused the explosion,” firefighting department official Abdullah Al Arefin said.
He added six air-conditioners inside the mosque were also exploded.
The department launched an investigation into the accident and the police’s bomb disposal unit has collected evidence to understand the nature of the blast.