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Iran gas explosion kills 19 at medical centre

Nineteen people are dead and six injured after an explosion at a medical clinic in the north of the Iranian capital Tehran.
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Nineteen people are dead and six injured after an explosion at a medical clinic in the north of the Iranian capital Tehran.

A gas leak at the Sina Athar Clinic caused the blast, which then led to a fire, Tehran Deputy Governor Hamid Reza Goudarzi told state television.

Video posted on social media appeared to show multiple explosions at the north Tehran site and another showed firefighters using a ladder to reach the roof of the building.

These videos have not been verified.

Tehran Fire Department spokesman Jalal Maleki said 15 women and four men had been killed.

Mr Maleki said another 20 people had been rescued by firefighters.

People in nearby Tajrish Bazaar rushed to the scene, impeding a rescue operation, authorities said.

The clinic, which had 25 employees inside at the time of the blast, primarily carries out light surgeries and medical imaging.

A man whose relative is on staff at Sina Athar Clinic weeps after its explosion, outside the clinic in Tehran.
The relative of a staff member at Tehran’s Sina Athar Clinic weeps after an explosion kills 19 people.(AP: Vahid Salemi)none

This is the second explosion in the country in less than a week.

Last Friday, an explosion occurred close to a sensitive military site near Tehran which the defence ministry said was caused by a leaking tank at a gas storage facility.

The explosion sent a massive fireball into the sky.

No deaths or injuries were reported.


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