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18 killed in blast in ship-breaking yard in Pakistan

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Baku, November 2 AZERTAC

At least 18 people were killed in a blast that took place at the Gaddani ship-breaking yard late on Tuesday.

Geo TV news quoted officials, as saying that over 50 labourers were also injured in the huge blast that ripped through an oil tanker at the ship-breaking yard.

The ship had reached Gaddani carrying Indian crew on October 22. The same day the crew left the ship, sources said.

The ship was bought by owner of Ghafoor and Company Abdul Ghafoor who has been missing since yesterday. Police has arrested the contractor who was dealing with the workers.

Those responsible for lack of safety in the area may be tried under Pakistan's anti-terrorism laws.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the use all resources available to contain the fire and to provide medical attention to all those injured in the incident.

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