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    Gas cylinder blast toll rises to 11

    MAIMANA (PAN): Eleven people were killed and 22 others wounded after a fire broke out in a shop in northern Faryab province, officials said on Wednesday.

    A gas cylinder exploded at about 9am inside a shop that sells gas and oil in Gul Qudagh bazaar of Shirin Tagab district, killing three people and injuring 10 others, district chief Syed Loqman Gahrik told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    However, Public Health Director Dr. Abdul Ali Halim said the death toll had risen to 11 and 22 others were wounded. Another three victims succumbed to their wounds at the Afghan-Turk hospital in Maimana, the provincial capital.

    He said 22 injured people were admitted to the 20-bed hospital in Shirin Tagab district and Afghan-Turk Hospital, and some were in critical condition.

    One of the injured at the Afghan-Turk hospital said: "I was in my shop when the cylinder exploded and the impact of the blast knocked me unconscious. I found myself in hospital when I regained senses.''

    Police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Khaliq Aqsai said eight shops, mostly selling food, oil and gas, were gutted. He added firefighters could not get close to the scene and the fire was brought under control with the help of police and shopkeepers.

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