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Nine Bangladeshis killed in Saudi fire

Update : 13 May 2014, 07:28 PM

Nine Bangladeshi and two Indian citizens were killed in a furniture factory fire at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on Monday night.

The bodies were badly charred in the fire, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Md Shahidul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune over phone yesterday.

He said the bodies were kept at Shamochi Hospital in Riyadh. “We are trying to send the bodies soon,” he added.

Second Secretary of Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia Mohammad Mizanur Rahman said: “The fire broke out at the factory of Titas Furniture around 10pm.”

Seven of the victims came from Comilla, one each from Madaripur and Feni while two from India, said an official of the foreign ministry.

Four of the deceased were Matiur Rahman, son of Abdul Karim, of village Kalagachhia and Md Selim of village Chaderchar in Homna upazila, Md Jalal, son of Rostom Ali, of village Dularampur and Shah Alam, son of Habi Mia, of village Kalipur in Titas upazila.

Md Ziauddin, director in charge of Expatriates’ Welfare Board, provided a list of the deceased migrants.

The detailed information about Nazir Hossain and Bhahauddin of Comilla, Zakir Hossain of Feni and Md Akkas of Madaripur could not be known immediately.

Two Bangladeshis named Raju and Mainul were running the Titas Furniture, owned by a Saudi citizen, he said, adding that Raju went into hiding soon after the fire incident while Mainul is believed to be in Bangladesh.

Ziauddin said if the workers die in the workplace, they usually get compensation. “We hope the family members of the deceased migrants would get compensation,” he said, adding that the cause of the fire could not be known yet.

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