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5 dead in Iran gas pipe blast

Five people were killed and six others wounded in a gas pipeline explosion Thursday, 14 March 2019, near the city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran, state news agency IRNA reported.

Ahvaz governor, Jamal Alemi Neisi said, gas pipes blew up about 200 metres from the road, destroying four vehicles that were passing by. He added it was not a terrorist act or sabotage, and was rather caused by a gas leak.

IRNA said the explosion struck near a traffic police station on the Ahvaz-Mahshahr freeway.

Ahvaz is the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province on the border with Iraq.

Local media reported that the fire at the site of the explosion has been extinguished

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