Nightclub explosion in Azerbaijani capital kills 1, injures 31, AP reports

April 3 (Reuters) – An explosion rocked a nightclub in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Sunday morning, sparking a fire that killed one person and injured 31, the Associated Press reported.

The explosion was believed to have been caused by a gas leak and investigations are ongoing, the AP said, citing a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

“Very sad news regarding the casualties following the explosion at the club in downtown Baku,” tweeted US Ambassador Khazar Ibrahim. “My condolences and prayers.”

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Some 24 of the injured were hospitalized, most with burns, the AP quoted a Health Ministry spokesperson as saying.

Azerbaijan’s health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters outside of working hours. The Interior Ministry could not immediately be reached.

Emergency services nationwide were called to the club at 03:00 (23:00 GMT Saturday) and extinguished the fire before it could spread, the AP said, citing a statement from the department.

(This story has been reclassified to close the quotes in the third paragraph)

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Reporting by Akanksha Khushi in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard

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