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The fuel cylinder explosion induced a hearth in a residential space, injuring dozens and destroying a number of homes and autos.

The demise toll from a fuel cylinder explosion in a residential space of the northern Iraqi metropolis of Sulaimaniyah has risen to fifteen.

Thursday’s explosion, which induced a home to break down, additionally left 16 individuals injured.

Sulaimaniyah’s civil defence mentioned on Friday that the rescue operation to seek out the victims lasted 17 hours.

Firefighters managed to include the fireplace that broke out after the fuel cylinder exploded within the second-largest metropolis within the Kurdish area of northern Iraq.

“A complete of 15 our bodies have been pulled out from beneath the rubble,” mentioned the top of civil defence within the metropolis, Diyar Ibrahim, in accordance with the official Iraqi Information Company.

Ibrahim mentioned search operations continued into the early hours of Friday, including that there have been no extra our bodies beneath the rubble.

Town’s emergency response chief, Saman Nader, blamed the blast on “a fuel leak from a tank”.

The seek for victims trapped beneath the rubble lasted 17 hours, Sulaimaniyah’s civil defence mentioned [Shwan Mohammed/AFP]

Police mentioned the fireplace broken a number of homes and destroyed not less than 5 autos. It additionally mentioned not less than three homes had been destroyed by the explosion.

A cooking fuel cylinder was put in on the rooftop of one of many properties within the residential space.

The governor of Sulaimaniyah province, Haval Abubaker, introduced three days of mourning earlier on Friday. He added that not less than one little one was among the many victims.

Masrour Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Authorities, has ordered an investigation.

Infrastructure tragedies are widespread in Iraq, which suffers from poorly enforced security requirements.

On the finish of October, a fuel tanker exploded within the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing not less than 9 individuals and injuring a number of others, safety forces mentioned.

In April 2021, not less than 82 individuals had been killed and greater than 100 injured in a hearth that broke out within the coronavirus intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital, when improperly saved oxygen cylinders exploded.

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