Pakistan: 12 dead, dozens wounded in a blast at ship-breaking yard

Author: Syed Raza Hasan, Reuters [UK], Published on: 2 November 2016

"Twelve dead in huge blast at Pakistani ship-breaking yard"

At least 12 Pakistani workers were killed and more than 50 injured on Tuesday after a huge blast ripped through an oil tanker at a ship-breaking yard, trapping others inside the vessel, local officials said...The leader of a ship-breaking workers union said fire had engulfed the vessel moored in Gaddani, 45 kilometres northwest of the port city of Karachi...Nasir Mansoor, a representative of the National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan, said the explosion sent pieces of metal flying up to...one mile...away...The blast occurred in the fuel tank of the ship, which was still on fire, he said...Labourers in Gaddani often work in poor conditions without basic protective gear.

 

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