Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 24 people and injured up to 271 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads, officials said Friday. “The blasts late Thursday killed at least 24 people and left 271 others injured,” the National Fire Agency said, adding that the wounded were being rushed to hospitals across the port city mostly with burn injuries. One street had been split along its length, swallowing fire engines and other vehicles. “I saw fire soaring up to possibly 20 storeys high after a blast and fire engines and cars being blown away while around 10 bodies lay on the street,” witness Johnson Liu told AFP.

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