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A total of 16 dead in Armenian market explosion

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A total of 16 dead in Armenian market explosion

Yerevan, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The number of dead rose to 16 while 10 people remain missing after the explosion that shook a wholesale market in the capital of Armenia on Sunday.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Hayk Kostanyan, reported that 13 of the bodies were identified, while 60 people received medical attention, of which a dozen are still hospitalized.

Among the fatalities are a minor and a pregnant woman, while among the missing at least two are foreign nationals.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Minister of Territorial Administration Gnel Sanosyan visited the site where rescue and extinguishing efforts continue.

The explosion occurred in a pyrotechnics warehouse inside a wholesale market in Yerevan and caused severe structural damage, according to the National Crisis Management Center.

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