Market In The Capital of Armenia Hit With Huge Explosion
ARMENIA - A series of explosions hit the Surmalu shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia's capital, on August 14th, leaving 20 people injured and 1 person dead. Fires have now broken out and an unknown number of people are reportedly trapped under debris, according to the Yerevan Mayor's office.
Currently, there are Members of the National Crisis Management Center (NCMC) on the scene along with 6 fire and rescue teams, according to Armenia News.
The fire that has broken out was initiated by a large explosion, the cause of which has not been immediately identified.
Arab News has stated that Photos and videos, which have been posted on social media, display a black pillar of smoke over the shopping center and continuing secondary explosions could still be heard.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations in Yerevan has said that there are 10 fire and rescue trucks on the scene and another 10 trucks are en route to the incident.
The shopping center, which is about 2 km south of the center of Yerevan, housed a fireworks storage area, and this is where the explosion was suspected to have occurred, according to a spokesman for the Yerevan Mayor, Levon Sardaryan.
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