Weekend News / World

Explosions in Taiwan kill 26 persons

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Twenty-six persons are dead in Taiwan following a series of explosions on Thursday night in the city of Kaohsiung. The blasts were triggered by underground gas leaks and broke trenches through main roads, flipped over  cars and trucks, and sent flames soaring into the air. A car was found on the roof of a three-story building. Two people were blown to the roof of a four-story building, where emergency workers found them. Fires burned until Friday morning and by the time everything was brought under control at least 26 people were killed, including four firefighters. Twenty-two emergency workers were among 267 people injured, and a number of people were still missing. Pic: BBC World News

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