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Blast kills 19 at clinic in Iranian capital

An explosion at a medical clinic in Iran's capital, Tehran, kills at least 19 people, which state-run media says was caused by a gas leak.

By Nathan Morley

At least 19 people were killed in Iran after a powerful explosion at a clinic in northern Tehran.

The explosion happened just before 9pm local time. Significant damage was caused to buildings in the district, and a cloud of thick black smoke was sent into the atmosphere.

Local media reported the explosion occurred as gas canisters caught fire in the clinic's underground cellar.

A fire service spokesman said that 19 people died in the incident.

Firefighters managed to rescue 20 people from the medical centre.

01 July 2020, 15:24