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Two killed and dozens injured in huge blast at Armenian market

After an explosion that ripped through Armenia’s largest market, at least two people were killed and 60 more were injured.

The explosion took place at the Surmalu Market in Yerevan on Sunday afternoon.

After the blast in the morning, a large fire erupted and sent thick smoke across the city. Firefighters continued to work into the night.

Rescue workers looked for victims trapped beneath concrete slabs and twisted metal as fireworks continued to explode.


According to the national health ministry, ten people were injured and one died.

Armen Pambukhchyan, minister for Emergencies, said that there were 20 reports by people who claimed they couldn’t locate their relatives.

According to the Associated Press, one of its reporters witnessed two people being pulled out of the rubble – a woman who had suffered a leg injury and a young man who seemed unconscious.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fireworks to explode.

This market is located approximately two kilometres from the city centre and is known for its low prices as well as the variety of goods it offers.


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