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Afghan official: Gas cylinder blast leaves nine dead in Kabul

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 13, 2019

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says at least nine people were killed when a gas cylinder exploded in Kabul.

Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, says several people were also injured in the late Saturday explosion inside a residential house in the Afghan capital.

Such incidents are common in Afghanistan, especially during the bitterly cold winters.

Last week, a fire that began at a gas station in Kabul, spread overnight to a nearby apartment complex, killing three people and causing much damage. Authorities said 42 suffered burns and other injuries.

A gas-filled tanker parked at the station caught fire, causing the blaze to spread quickly. A police investigation is still under way into that incident.

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