A gas cylinder explosion at a restaurant in the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi has killed at least two people and injured 120, police say.
Police tweeted “Preliminary reports show 64 people were slightly injured, another 56 were moderately injured and two died”, police tweeted.
Monday’s blast set fires that damaged six buildings and the front of several shops before being brought under control, they added.
Police said four of the damaged buildings had been evacuated “safely” and efforts were being made to find temporary accommodation for their residents “until the buildings are fully secured”.
Photographs released by Abu Dhabi police show first responders leaning towards a man in a garrison, and debris and broken glass strewn across the sidewalk.
An eyewitness told The National that he heard two explosions during lunch.
“The first word was short and people started calling the fire and the police,” said the man, who did not want to be named.
“Then, very soon, there was a big explosion. It was really a big noise. The windows shook and some of the office windows shattered.”
Authorities gave no indication of a foul play.
However, the United Arab Emirates has been on high alert since three oil workers were killed in a Yemeni rebel drone and missile attack in Abu Dhabi on January 17.
Authorities have since foiled three similar attacks, including one claimed by a little-known militant group with links to pro-Iranian armed groups in Iraq.
The UAE is part of a Saudi-led military alliance that has been fighting in Yemen since 2015 to support the government against Iran-backed Houthi rebels controlling the capital Sanaa.
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