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Bangladesh Mourns as Death Toll Rise to 24 after an Air Conditioner Explosion in a Mosque

Bangladesh Mourns as Death Toll Rise to 24 after an Air Conditioner Explosion in a Mosque

Bangladesh mourns as the death toll rose to 24 after three more victims died after an explosion in an air conditioners in a mosque near Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, including the mosque's imam and muezzin.

 Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, meanwhile, on Monday said it is significant to verify whether mosques across Bangladesh have been built after prior approval from the concerned authorities.

On Friday evening, the blast sent a ball of fire through the mosque in Narayanganj district when the worshippers were offering prayers. Reports suggest that burnt worshippers jumped into an open sewer next to the mosque to save themselves.

Those investigating the incident suspected a spark from an air conditioner started the fire. "A gas pipeline passes beneath the mosque. We are suspecting that gas leaked from the pipeline and accumulated inside as the windows were closed. The explosion was probably triggered due to sparks when someone tried to switch on or off the ACs or fans," said Narayanganj Fire Service's Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah Al Arefin on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Parliament that the appropriate authorities have been directed to ascertain the reasons behind the "extremely tragic" incident.

"Experts have visited the place of occurrence and samples are being collected to this end," she said.

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