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At Least 45 Killed in Pakistan Explosion

At least 45 people were killed and 70 injured, many critically, when blasts set off by a fire near an explosives store in northern Pakistan reduced much of a remote village to rubble, witnesses and officials said. “I was woken up by an explosion,” said Abdul Wahab Khan, himself slightly injured. “I rushed out of the house and saw people’s bodies flying in the air,” he told Reuters from hospital in Chilas in northern Pakistan. Police and hospital sources in the Diamir area near Chilas, a town about 125 miles north of the capital Islamabad, said 45 people had died as a result of the explosion late on Saturday. State-run Pakistan Television gave a toll of 48. Dr Ashraf Aman, of the emergency department of Chilas district hospital south of Gilgit, said around 70 people had been admitted to the hospital and 23 were in critical condition. “Three had died on arrival, and four others passed away while undergoing emergency operations,” he added. Full Story

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