Siddique Bazar blast: Two more bodies recovered from debris

Debris scattered after the explosion in Siddique Bazar, Gulistan, Dhaka, on 7 March 2023Prothom Alo

Firefighters have recovered two more bodies from the blast site in Siddique Bazar area of Dhaka, taking the death tally to 20.

Aktaruzzaman, assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence, said they recovered the bodies from the debris after tracing them with the help of the Rapid Action Battalion’s (RAB) dog squad.

Later, the bodies were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, he said, adding one of them is identified as Mominuddin Suman.

The building suffered a massive blast around 4:45 pm on Tuesday, leaving 18 dead and more than a hundred injured.

Immediately after the explosion, the firefighters rushed to the spot and started a rescue drive. They are now pumping out the water accumulated in the basement of the damaged building.

According to the fire service, the blast developed cracks in the water and septic tanks of the seven-storey building and the water accumulated in the basement.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said the authorities have been conducting tests to know the actual reason behind the blast in the capital’s Siddique Bazar area. They would be able to reach a decision once the tests are done.

The firefighters are carrying out rescue drives with utmost caution while the police, army and other forces are collaborating, he added.