5 killed in Alang shipyard blast

Alang (Gujarat): Five persons were killed and seven others injured when a blast triggered by a suspected gas leak took place in a ship being dismantled at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat on Saturday.

Prima facie, the blast occurred due to the sudden gas leakage when the ship-breaking activity was in progress, an officer said. The intensity of the blast claimed five lives on the spot while the injured were rushed to the nearest hospitals for treatment, he said.

The exact reason behind the explosion has not been ascertained yet, forensic officials are on the spot to carry out further investigations.


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