tanker explodes in Saudi capital, 14 dead
were killed and wounding at least 60 when a truck transporting
fuel exploded Thursday in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Al-Arabiya
television reported. The explosion took place »
At least 22 people were killed and another 111 injured when a
truck carrying flammable liquids crashed in Riyadh causing a large
explosion, Saudi state television said.
The truck exploded after it crashed into a concrete flyover in the
Saudi capital on Thursday, said a civil defense official speaking
to Al-Akhbariya television.
An industrial building, several
storeys high, was almost entirely destroyed by the blast while
several nearby buildings were damaged, witness said.
"I was inside
the building when the blast came. Then boom, the building
collapsed. Furniture, chairs and cabinets blasted into the room I
was in," said survivor Kushnoo Akhtara, a 55-year-old Pakistani
worker, who was covered in dirt and
bleeding from multiple cuts over his body.
"My brother is still inside under
the rubble. There are lots of people in there", he added.
Abdullah Al-Saery, a witness who arrived on the scene soon after
the explosion, said the destruction was “everywhere”, buildings,
cars and a bridge were all destroyed.
"The number of those who
lost their lives is definitely going to increase due to the huge
explosion and the damage caused to buildings in the area," Al Jazeera reported quoting Al-Saery.
The security official had said
earlier that a traffic accident had occurred at a junction on Khurays Road, one of the city's main arteries.