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Latest update : 2011-02-04

With rescue workers pulling more people out of the rubble at the sites of two explosions in Ankara’s industrial zone, the death toll has now reached 16, authorities said Friday.

AFP - The death toll from two explosions in an Ankara industrial zone that were triggered by a gas leak rose overnight to 16, authorities in the Turkish capital said on Friday.

The first explosion, which went off on Thursday morning in a factory that produced generators, left seven dead and 34 others were wounded in Ankara's industrial suburb of Ostim.

Rescue teams with sniffer dogs were still searching the rubble for survivors after nightfall when a second explosion went off in the neighbouring factory making flammable paint products.
             
Four people were originally thought to have died in the second explosion but rescue services said that a further five bodies had been recovered on Friday.
             
Around a dozen people remain trapped in the rubble, with rescue efforts complicated by the presence of toxic chemicals.

Date created : 2011-02-04

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