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Gas pipeline explosion kills 5, injures 6 in southwest Iran

This photo taken from inside a car shows a fire burning at the site of a gas pipeline explosion in Khuzestan, Iran, March 14, 2019.

Nearly a dozen people have been killed or injured in a gas pipeline explosion in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan.

The blast was caused by gas leakage from a section of the pipeline between the cities of Ahvaz and Mahshahr, which exploded on Thursday, local officials reported.

At least five people have been killed and six others wounded in the blast, according to the officials.

The injured have been dispatched to a hospital in Ahvaz, the provincial capital.

Ali Torabpour, the fire chief in Ahvaz, said the number of casualties is expected to rise as the firefighters are still working at the scene to contain the blaze.

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