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6 Bangladeshis die in Saudi factory fire

Of the Bangladeshis killed, authorities were able to identify five 

Update : 11 Feb 2021, 08:59 AM

Six Bangladeshi expatriates have died in a factory fire in Saudi Arabia.

The fire broke out at midnight in a sofa factory in the Madina Al-Khalil area near Mount Uhud on Wednesday, according to media reports.

Sources at the Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia said the fire had taken the lives of seven workers.

Of the Bangladeshis dead, five have been identified. 

They are: Mizanur Rahman, Md Arafat Hossain Manik of Chittagong and Ishaq Mia, Abdul Aziz and Md Rafiq Uddin of Cox's Bazar, reports Bangla Tribune. 

However, officials were still trying to identify the other Bangladeshi killed in the fire, said the sources. They added that the bodies of the deceased had been kept at the morgue of King Fahad General Hospital in Jeddah.

Officials of the Bangladesh embassy have visited the site of the accident and are investigating whether or not the families of the victims will get compensation.

The cause of the fire could not be known immediately.

According to unofficial estimates, Saudi Arabia is home to 2 million Bangladeshis as expatriate workers.

Around four years ago, four Bangladeshis died in a factory fire in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

In an incident prior to that, four Bangladeshis were killed in another fire at a factory in Dammam.

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