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More than 50 killed in explosives blast in northern Pakistan

More than 50 people were killed and 70 injured when explosives used in roadworks caught fire and detonated in a northern Pakistan village, flattening several homes, officials and witnesses said. Police said an electric short circuit triggered a pre-dawn fire in a house in Gayal village, 168 kilometers (104 miles) south of Gilgit, which spread to a nearby building where the explosives were being stored. Some 200 people sought to fight the blaze but the explosives — owned by a contractor building roads — caught fire and exploded, witnesses said. “Forty-five people were reported dead after the blast overnight and four died during transportation of casualties to the hospital,” said doctor Hamid Khan of the nearby Chilas valley district hospital. Full Story

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