One killed, 11 injured in explosion at German housing block

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 13, 2019, 03.55 PM(IST)

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The explosion occurred at a residential building in Germany's Blankenburg city which reportedly is home to around 20,000 people.

A powerful explosion struck a multi-storey building in Germany on Friday killing at least one person and injuring 11. 

The explosion occurred at a residential building in Germany's Blankenburg city which reportedly is home to around 20,000 people. 

According to a report by Reuters, police said they had found gas canisters and old war ammunition in one of the flats in the apartment building.

The flat was rented by a 78-year-old man, who was likely also the person killed in the explosion, which police believe was caused by a gas explosion.

According to a report by AFP, police have evacuated the five-storey building and a nearby kindergarten.

Police have also cordoned off the area and the traffic has been diverted.

A photo tweeted by police showed a five-storey communist-era residential block with smoke rising from blackened windows on the second floor.

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(With inputs from agencies)