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16 dead in lunchtime explosion in southern Chinese cafeteria

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16 dead in lunchtime explosion in southern Chinese cafeteria

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Authorities say lunchtime explosion in an office cafeteria killed 16 people in southwest China on Friday, injuring 10 more

BEIJING – A lunchtime explosion in an office cafeteria killed 16 people in southwest China on Friday and injured 10 others, authorities said.

A gas leak is the suspected cause of the explosion, the Chongqing City government said in an online statement.

The cafeteria collapsed, trapping the victims inside. Rescuers searched the debris overnight and all bodies were collected at midnight, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said. One of the survivors was in critical condition, Xinhua said.

The 12:10 a.m. explosion occurred at a sub-district office of the Wulong District government, located about 75 kilometers (120 miles) west of downtown Chongqing and known for its rock formations. picturesque karsts.

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