Shipyard Blast Kills 10 In Pakistan

At least 10 people have been killed, and more than 50 injured, following a large explosion in an oil tanker, at a ship-breaking yard, in Pakistan.

At least 10 Pakistani workers were killed and more than 50 injured on Tuesday by huge blast in an oil tanker at a ship-breaking yard, trade union officials said, adding that the death toll could rise.

The leader of a ship-breaking workers union said a big explosion and fire engulfed the vessel moored in Gaddani, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of the port city of Karachi.

“Things are really bad here,” union president Basheer Mehmoodani told Reuters, “There’s an unclear number of workers said to be trapped in the burning ship.”

It was not clear what caused the blast.

Firefighters were called from Karachi but they proved ineffective given the size of the blaze, he said.

Nasir Mansoor, a representative of the National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan, said the explosion was so big it blasted pieces of metal two kilometres (one mile) away.

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