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One dead and 37 injured after nightclub blast in Azerbaijan capital

The blast was caused by a leak from a tank of liquefied gas stored in the nightclub.

ONE PERSON HAS been killed and 37 others injured in an explosion at a nightclub in Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku, the prosecutor general said.

“One person, a 43-year-old employee was killed,” the prosecutor general was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

“37 others were injured, of whom four are in a serious condition,” the statement said.

RIA Novosti quoted medical sources as saying that an Italian and a Senegalese citizen were among the casualties.

The blast, which occurred at 3am (midnight Irish time), was caused by a leak from a tank of liquefied gas stored in the nightclub, according to the national gas utility, Azerigas.

A fire caused by the explosion has been extinguished and the search and rescue operation completed, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said.

© AFP 2022

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