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38 stores damaged in blast

Bahrain News
Fri, 17 Nov 2017
By Razan Alkhair
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MORE details of damage caused by last weekend’s oil pipeline blast have been revealed.

A total of 30 cars, 38 stores, 28 houses and five public properties were damaged in last Friday’s explosion, said Civil Defence Directorate in Manama head Captain Mohammed Yousef Abu Fath.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from a hospital and homes in Buri following the blast, which has been blamed on Iran.

The huge blaze that followed could be seen rising into the night sky from several kilometres away.

“The first procedure was to evacuate the area, to ensure the safety of citizens in Buri and Suq Waqif,” said Captain Abu Fath yesterday during the Interior Ministry’s weekly Al Amn radio show.

“Immediately, fire engines were dispatched from Demistan and it took three minutes for their arrival from when they were notified, which is considered a record.

“It was apparent to the fire engines from when they entered that the height of the fire and flames was approximately 50 to 60 metres.

“A large amount of crude oil was burnt, in addition to damages to 28 houses. Of course five houses were burnt, and the rest faced damages.

“Additionally 38 stores were damaged and 30 cars. Also the damages were outspread – five public properties were damaged as well.

“The Civil Defence management in conjunction with all competent authorities managed to limit the damages from the blast in Buri and Suq Waqif regarding housing and cars among others.

“We appeal to all listeners: any individual who has been harmed from the fire and has not been recorded should go to the Civil Defence Centre in Demistan and Hamad Town police stations to record the damages.”

The show also featured discussions on the Civil Defence’s plans to protect new developments such as Diyar Al Muharraq, Durrat Al Bahrain, Amwaj Islands and upcoming projects.

“Currently, plans and strategies have been enforced to set up new stations to serve these areas,” said Civil Defence Directorate in Hidd head Captain Ali Al Marran.

“God willing, these projects will be executed soon.”

The GDN reported yesterday that police arrested one of two terrorists who bombed a Public Security bus near Jidhafs, who were also trained to target three oil pipelines. The pair were also planning to assassinate high-profile public figures.

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