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The death toll from the explosion of a gas tank in Iraq has risen to 15

BAGHDAD — The death toll from a heating gas tank that exploded at a residential complex in northern Iraq has risen to 15, a civil defense official said Friday.

The explosion the night before in the town of Sulimaniyah destroyed three houses and also injured 16 people. On Thursday night, Kurdish officials and local media said an unknown number of people were trapped under the rubble.

Authorities said the explosion was caused by a liquefied gas tank. Civil defense teams combed through the rubble for survivors.

“A total of 15 bodies have been pulled from the rubble,” Sulimaniyah civil defense chief Diyar Ibrahim said, according to the official Iraqi News Agency. He said searches continued into the early hours of Friday, adding that no bodies remain under the rubble.

The provincial governor, Haval Abu Bakrin, said a child was among the victims, INA reported.

Masrour Barzani, prime minister of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, has ordered an investigation.

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