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5 killed, 3 injured in explosion in Kot Addu

KOT ADDU: Police reported Thursday that an explosion in a residence in Daira Din Panah, Punjab’s Kot Addu approximately 80 kilometers from Muzaffargarh killed at least five people and injured three more.

According to investigators, the owner of the house where the explosion happened works at a junkyard.

“Waste materials and scrap were being sorted even at the time of the explosion,” they stated, adding that police and other security authorities arrived quickly after the explosion.

“The nature of the explosion is being investigated,” according to police.

They went on to say that among the five people deceased were two women and a girl. They were also from the same family.

Furthermore, the injured were sent to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital in Kot Addu.

According to Rescue 1122, at 8:44 a.m., the control room received a call informing them that five persons had been killed and three had been injured as a result of an “unknown object” exploding in the residence.

The caller requested that an ambulance be dispatched as soon as possible.

“Rescue 1122 Control Room immediately dispatched three ambulances from Kot Addu Central Rescue Station to the accident site and also informed the police,” the helpline said in a statement.

When the rescue crew arrived, eyewitnesses reported that five individuals perished on the spot and three others were injured as a result of an unknown object exploding in the room.

While the rescue team has begun rescue operations, it would be premature to speculate on the nature of the explosion, according to the statement.

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