21 members of Bangladesh Navy injured in Lebanon blast
Published: 01:32 PM, 5 August 2020 Updated: 01:38 PM, 5 August 2020
Banauja Bijay, the first missile carrier of the Bangladesh Navy, was stationed just 200 yards away from the site of the devastating explosion in the Lebanese port of Beirut. 19 members of Bangladesh Navy were injured in the blast. Photo: Collected from the Facebook page of the Bangladesh Navy
At least 21 members of Bangladesh Navy were injured in a devastating explosion in Lebanon's capital Beirut. Five of the injured were admitted at a local hospital.
A fire at a warehouse containing explosives at the Port of Beirut led to the massive blast on Tuesday afternoon local time. At least 78 people have been killed and some 4,000 wounded in the massive explosion. The death toll is likely to rise further after the blast as emergency workers dug through rubble to rescue people and remove the dead.
Meanwhile, two Bangladeshi nationals were killed in the explosion in Beirut, confirmed Abdullah Al Mamun, first secretary of Bangladesh Embassy in Lebanon.
He said that the Bangladesh Navy's warship BNS Bijoy was stationed at the port of Beirut when the explosion took place. 21 members of the Bangladesh Navy were injured. The condition of one of the injured is critical. Besides, several Bangladeshi expatriates were also injured.
Lebanon officials linked the explosion to some 2,700 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.