A gas pipeline explosion near a mosque in Bangladesh has killed at least 17 people and wounded dozens.
Officials say the explosion happened on Friday night (September 4) as worshippers were about to end their prayers at a mosque outside the capital Dhaka.
Members of the fire service suspect it was caused by leakage from the pipeline.
Dozens were rushed to Dhaka's state-run specialized burn and plastic-surgery hospital.
A coordinator of the burn unit said seventeen people, including a child, had died so far after sustaining severe burn wounds.
He added that the death toll could rise further as many of them were in critical condition.
Locals -- like Mahinoor who lost her husband -- are still reeling from the incident.
"Last night my husband went to join prayers there and he died in the blast. Now the body is here in the hospital."
A senior fire service official suspects that gas leaked from the pipeline accumulated inside the mosque as the windows were shut.
And that the blast may have happened after the air conditioners were turned on.