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    6 dead in Armenia shopping mall explosion

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    Tbilisi, August 15 Yerevan News: The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations stated on the 15th that an explosion occurred in the “Surmaru” shopping center in the capital Yerevan on the 14th. At least 6 people were killed and 17 were missing.

    The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations reported the latest progress of the rescue operation on the official website that day. The report said that the explosion and the resulting fire destroyed a three-story building, making rescue difficult. At present, rescuers have found 6 bodies at the scene, 17 people are missing, and 28 people are in hospital for treatment. About 350 fire and rescue personnel and more than 100 volunteers are still searching for survivors from the rubble at the site.

    Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan inspected the rescue scene early on the 15th. Relevant government departments have launched an investigation, and the cause of the accident has not yet been stated.

    According to local media reports, the explosion occurred in a warehouse in the shopping center, which may have been caused by flammable and explosive materials stored in the warehouse.

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