Death toll from Narayanganj mosque AC blasts climbs to 26

With the death of two more victims from Narayanganj mosque blast at Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute on Sunday night, the death toll from the incident has reached 26.

The latest victims are Monir Farazi, 30, and Abul Bashar Molla, 51, died on Sunday night. The others who died earlier in the day were Julhas Uddin, 35, Mohammad Ali Master, 55, and Shamim Hasan, 45.

Another 11 people are battling for their lives at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka after near-simultaneous blasts of six air-conditioners during prayers at the Baitul Salat mosque on Sept 4.

As many as 21 victims of the blasts died until 11pm on Saturday, said Partho Shankar Paul, the resident physician of the institute.

Officer-in-charge of Fatullah Model Police Aslam Hossain said that the authorities have handed the bodies of 24 victims over to their families.

Some 40 people suffered burn injuries as all the air conditioners of the mosque exploded during Esha prayers in Fatullah, Narayanganj on Friday night. One of the injured died at night.

Locals said the incident took place around 8:45 pm at Baitus Salam Mosque when the devotees had just finished their prayers. An air conditioner went off and sparked a fire inside the mosque. Later, the remaining six ACs exploded there, leaving the 40 devotees injured.

The case has been filed against the mosque’s management committee, its construction authority, the concerned electricity and Titas Gas authorities, among others.

Four separate probe committees – by Narayanganj district administration, Fire Service, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, and Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) — have been formed to investigate the incident.