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At Least One Killed, Two Injured By Explosion In Armenia


Armenian rescue services at the scene of the expolsion in Yerevan on August 26.

YEREVAN -- Armenian authorities say a natural gas leak is the suspected cause of an explosion at a residential building in Yerevan early on August 26 that killed at least one person and hospitalized two others.

The explosion at about 7 a.m. local time caused extensive damage to 12 apartments in a four-story building in Yerevan's Kanaker-Zeytun district.

Emergency Situations Minister Felix Tsolakian said the body of a 58-year-old man who'd been killed was pulled from the rubble at about 1 p.m.

Dozens of rescuers also managed to pull two survivors from beneath rubble. Both were hospitalized and one was reported to be in critical condition.

Rescue workers also managed to safely evacuate 19 other people from the building after the explosion.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian visited the scene of the blast while search and rescue work was underway.

With reporting by Artak Khulyan and RFE/RL's Armenian Service in Yerevan
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