Scores in­jured in gas ex­plo­sion near Malaga

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

More than 70 peo­ple have been in­jured, four se­ri­ously, in an ex­plo­sion caused by a sus­pected gas leak near the south­ern Span­ish city of Malaga.

The blast hap­pened in a cafe in the town of Velez-Malaga at about 5pm dur­ing a lo­cal fes­ti­val.

Pic­tures from the scene show se­vere dam­age to the La Bo­hemia cafe and de­bris strewn across a street.

Lo­cal news­pa­per La Opin­ion de Malaga said that the chef had raised the alarm mo­ments be­fore the blast.

The news­pa­per also re­ported that po­lice cars helped ferry the in­jured to hospi­tal be­cause the lo­cal am­bu­lance service was over­whelmed with ca­su­al­ties.

The cause of the blast “could have been a gas leak,” the town’s mayor, An­to­nio Moreno Fer­rer, told lo­cal re­porters.

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