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Microbus gas cylinder explosion kills 3 in Tangail

  • Published at 11:02 am July 17th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:07 pm July 17th, 2018
Microbus damaged from the gas cylinder explosion Abdullah Al Numan/Dhaka Tribune

Three policemen and the microbus driver were also injured in the blast

Three members of the same family have been killed in a microbus gas cylinder explosion in Tangail. Three policemen, including a police sub-inspector, were also injured in the blast along with the microbus driver.

Tangail Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge Sayedur Rahman, and fire service Senior Station Officer Abdur Razzak, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, saying the incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.

The deceased are Jannatul Ferdous Bonnya, 19; her uncle Sirajul Islam, 60; and her cousin Faruq, 42. They hailed from Sonargaon area of Narayanganj.

The injured policemen are Sonargaon police station Sub-Inspector Tanvir, 33; Assistant Sub-Inspector Habib, 30; and Constable Azahar, 45. Microbus driver Akter, 35, was also injured in the blast.

A team of law enforcers was heading towards Rajshahi from Narayanganj by the microbus to investigate into the abduction case of Bonnya, filed at Narayanganj Model police station, confirmed Officer In-charge of Narayanganj police station Saidur Rahman. 

The microbus refilled with CNG from a gas station in Narayanganj and headed towards the Sonargaon area. 

The vehicle hit a huge bump while crossing a speed-breaker near the Kumudini College intersection—causing its gas cylinder to explode. The microbus quickly became engulfed in flames, burning Bonnya, Sirajul and Faruq to death in a matter of minutes.

On a tip-off, the fire service and police arrived on the scene and rescued the injured victims. The dead bodies were sent to the morgue.

The injured were initially taken to Tangail General Hospital, but later shifted to Police Hospital in Dhaka around 10:30am for better treatment.

The police officers were later admitted to Dhaka Medical College (DMC) hospital in the afternoon, confirmed Sub-Inspector of DMC police post Md Bachchu Mia. 

According to him, the three police officers are currently under treatment. All of them are out of danger as none of them got burned in the explosion, he said. 

However, the driver of the microbus was not admitted to DMC, Bachchu said.