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Several injured in explosion in western Turkish city

File - Newly arrived Syrian refugees walk on the side of a road after crossing the border into Turkey on January 15, 2014 near Kilis.(AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE)

ISTANBUL: An explosion caused by a gas leak injured at least six people in a busy square in the western Turkish city of Denizli during rush hour early Friday, police said.

A reporter for CNN Turk television said the blast happened in a bakery, damaging surrounding buildings as buses and pedestrians passed by.

"The cause of the explosion is natural gas. There are six or seven people injured," a police official in the city told Reuters by telephone.

The Sabah newspaper said on its website that around 25 people had been injured, five of them seriously.

Many residential and commercial buildings in Turkey use gas for heating and cooking and explosions caused by leaks are not uncommon.

 

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