Narayanganj mosque blast: Fifteen more die, death toll reaches 16

Fifteen more people, who were severely burnt in Friday’s mysterious blast in a mosque in Fatullah of Narayanganj, died at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) today, raising the death toll to 16.

Fatullah of Narayanganj
Fatullah of Narayanganj

Twelve of the deceased were identified as Jewel, 7, Rashed, 30, Rifat,18, Mostafa Kamal, 34, Zubair, 18, Sabbir, 21, Kuddus Bepari, 72 Delwar Hossain, 48, Zunayed, 17, Humayun Kabir, 70, Ibrahim,43 and Jamal, 40.

Dr Samanta Lal Sen, coordinator of Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), confirmed the information.

He said 37 injured people were admitted to the hospital after the blasts of seven air conditioners at the mosque.

“Sixteen of the injured died till 3:00pm,” DR Samanta said adding, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the hospital authorities to ensure the best treatment of the injured.”

None of the injured people are out of danger, he added.

Some 40 people suffered burn injuries as all the air conditioners of the mosque exploded during Esha prayers in Fatullah, Narayanganj on Friday night. One of the injured died at night.

Locals said the incident took place around 8:45 pm at Baitus Salam Mosque when the devotees had just finished their prayers. An air conditioner went off and sparked a fire inside the mosque. Later, the remaining six ACs exploded there, leaving the 40 devotees injured.

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