Explosion at Sudan factory kills 24, injures dozens - UPDATED

Explosion at Sudan factory kills 24, injures dozens - UPDATED
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A fire triggered by an explosion tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, killing 16 people and injuring dozens, doctors and witnesses said, APA reports citing AFP.

Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the blaze broke out at a tile manufacturing unit in an industrial zone in north Khartoum.

 
Police cordoned off the entire area.

A doctors committee linked to the country’s protest movement said at least 16 people were killed and more than 90 injured.

The casualties were taken to several hospitals in the capital, it said, urging off-duty doctors to help out.

State television reported “heavy losses of life and property”.

“The explosion was loud. Several cars that were parked in the compound of the factory also caught fire,” an employee of an adjacent factory told AFP.

 

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.

***16:51

Seven people have been killed and more than 90 injured in an explosion at the factory in the Bahri industrial area of Sudan's capital of Khartoum, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Sputnik.  

"Seven people were killed and 12 others [are] in a critical condition," the committee said before, adding that an explosion caused a huge fire.

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