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5 killed after explosion at Alang shipyard

Five workers were killed and two others injured following an explosion caused by gas leakage at the Alang ship recycling yard in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat.

The incident took place on Saturday morning when the workers were breaking a ship on plot number 140 of the Alang recycling yard.

“Five people have died following the explosion in Alang,” confirmed Bhavnagar collector P K Solanki. He said two persons injured in the incident had been admitted at the Bhavnagar civil hospital for treatment. Solanki said prima facie the reason for the explosion appeared to be gas leakage.

A full-fledged inquiry by the district and labour officials would reveal the exact cause, he said.

Police Sub-Inspector K J Rathod of Marine Police Station, Alang, said forensic officials were on the spot for carrying out further investigation. The cause will be clear only after forensic reports come, he added.

Alang police officials said that of the five dead, two were burnt to death on the spot while three succumbed to their injuries later.

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