Seven dead in Turkish restaurant explosion — RT World News

A major explosion at a restaurant in the Turkish Aegean town of Aydin on Friday left at least seven people dead and five others injured.

The incident happened in the restaurant’s kitchen due to a leaking gas line, local media reported, citing authorities. Footage circulating online shows the two-storey building was badly damaged in the blast, with its windows smashed and facade charred.

One of the injured people remains in critical condition after the explosion. Two of those injured were said to have been injured after jumping out of a window from the upper floor of the restaurant.

Aydin Governor Huseyin Aksoy arrived at the scene to inspect the ruins of the restaurant and meet with its owners and rescuers.

« Today…following an explosion that occurred during a [gas] change of tube, we have five injured, one seriously. Unfortunately, seven of our fellow citizens lost their lives. Currently, our firefighters have taken the bodies from here and transferred them to the hospital,” the governor said in a statement after the visit. The city announced a period of mourning following the explosion and canceled all public events.

Ten anonymous individuals, including restaurant employees and employees of the company that supplied the establishment with gas pipes, were taken into custody, according to the provincial prosecutor’s office.

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