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Iran gas pipeline explosion kills four

14 March 2019

A gas-pipeline explosion has killed at least two people in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, according to local media. The March 14 blast hit a pipeline between the provincial capital, Ahvaz, and the city of Mahshahr, near the Persian Gulf. The semi-official ISNA news agency said that the explosion was caused by a gas leakage from the pipeline.

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Representative image - Shutterstock

At least four people, including a woman and child, were killed and five others were wounded, a local official was quoted as saying.
State television reported that five vehicles in the area had caught fire following the explosion, adding that firefighters and ambulances had been dispatched to the area.

The semiofficial Fars news agency quoted the fire chief in Ahvaz as saying that a bus, a truck, and a private car had caught fire.
A fire brigade spokesman told ISNA that emergency crew members were able to extinguish the fire, but the exact number of people killed or injured remained unclear.

Iran has an aging infrastructure, which it has struggled to maintain in working order through years of Western sanctions. Safety measures are also poorly enforced in Iran.

In August 2018, a gas explosion in a sports complex in Tehran killed at least three workers.

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