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Powerful explosion at Kuching mall

  • Bomba says three bodies have been found and at least 18 are injured in the explosion at CityOne Megamall in Kuching this afternoon.

KUCHING, Dec 4 (Bernama) -- A powerful blast occurred at the CityOne shopping mall here at 3.30 pm today.

A witness, George Sting, 39, said the explosion occurred at a shop which was under renovation.

"I was purchasing a pizza in front of the shop (under renovation) when suddenly, a strong explosion occurred.

"The workers in the shop (being renovated) ran out, and some of them were seriously injured," he told Bernama when met at the scene.

Grace Lee, 23, a sales assistant at a telecommunications shop near the scene said she was entertaining a customer at her shop when she heard the loud sound.

"The shopping mall's management immediately made an emergency announcement to inform visitors to get out of the shopping mall," she said.

Wina Simion, 46, said she was sitting near the premises enjoying lunch with her family members when the incident occurred.

"Our family was enjoying pizza at a shop here, and suddenly, we were shocked by the explosion from the store which also caused our table to fly up," she said.

Fire and Rescue Services said three men were killed while 32 others were injured, including seven critically in the incident.

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