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Gas explosion in Turkey leaves 10 injured

By Adeline Yuboco     Feb 9, 2011 in World
Diyarbakir - Ten people were injured after a gas explosion shook a three-story market located at the Turkish town of Baglar on Tuesday.
Most of those that were injured were workers from a gas station located adjacent to the market, and were immediately rushed to nearby hospitals following the explosion. One is currently in critical condition. The strength of the explosion had also caused a portion of the market building to collapse, causing the street outside the building to be littered with shattered glass and debris.
According to Governor Mustafa Toprak, the blast resulted from a gas leak from a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tank stored in the gas station. Attendants at the gas station turned off the gas valves after noticing the leak in an attempt to avoid disaster. Police officials also announced warnings through loudspeakers about the gas leak and for people to put out their cigarettes.
Diyarbakir is the largest city in southeastern Turkey. The area is dominated by the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) who have been waging war in their efforts to receive autonomy from the government for decades. While bomb attacks by the Kurdish rebels are frequent in this area, Governor Toprak ruled out the possibility that the explosion was a result of an act of terrorism on the part of the rebels.
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