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4 people confirmed dead in Leicester explosion

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4 people confirmed dead
in Leicester explosion
Leicestershire Police declared a "major incident" after the blast in Hinckley Road. AFP photo

LONDON: Four people have died in an explosion at a shop in Leicester, police have confirmed, reports BBC.

Leicestershire Police declared a "major incident" after the blast in Hinckley Road at about 19:00 GMT on Sunday.

Four other people remain in hospital, one with serious injuries, the force said. Supt Shane O'Neill said police believe there may be more people unaccounted for and rescue efforts were continuing yesterday.At this stage the explosion is not being linked to terrorism, he added. The building consisted of a shop premises on the ground level and a two-storey flat above. Witnesses said the shop was formerly a Londis but recently became a Polish supermarket. Matt Cane, group manager at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said the bodies of the four people were found during the search of the building. He added fire crew were still working to find survivors who may be trapped in "voids" inside the collapsed building.

"When you look at the pictures of the building it looks incredibly unlikely that we would find anybody but we are absolutely committed to search and rescue at this stage," he said.

"There is a possibility that there could be voids and areas of the building where people could still be alive following the collapse."

 

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