Paris bak­ery blast: 4 killed and shops dam­aged

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AT least four peo­ple were killed and sev­eral in­jured in a mas­sive ex­plo­sion trig­gered by a gas leak in Paris on Jan­uary 12.

The blast gut­ted the ground floor of a build­ing in cen­tral Paris.

Po­lice sources said that the ex­plo­sion took place in­side a bak­ery on the rue Tre­vise in the Grands Boule­vards district of Paris.

The blast was so pow­er­ful that be­sides de­stroy­ing the bak­ery, it also shat­tered nearby store­fronts.

Wit­nesses said that even build­ings that are hun­dreds of me­tres away from the blast site were also af­fected by the ex­plo­sion. Pho­to­graphs from the blast scene show that many ve­hi­cles that were parked near the build­ing were also dam­aged. The blast comes at a time when Paris has been wit­ness­ing near reg­u­lar ag­i­ta­tions un­der the 'yel­low vest' protest against the gov­ern­ment tax­a­tion and neo-lib­eral poli­cies.

Speak­ing about the blast, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Christophe Cas­taner told re­porters in Paris that the ‘sit­u­a­tion is now un­der con­trol’

The min­is­ter said more than 200 fire­men were in­volved in the res­cue op­er­a­tion. A fire ser­vice spokesman said the build­ing hit by the blast needed to be re­in­forced as clear­ing op­er­a­tions in the area could con­tinue for about a week. The Paris ninth district is home to restau­rants and tourist at­trac­tions in­clud­ing the Musee Grevin wax mu­seum and the pop­u­lar Rue des Mar­tyrs.

In­dia To­day TV/ Reuters

Ve­hi­cles parked near the blast site were dam­aged.

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