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7 killed, 200 trapped in early morning tanker Explosion (photos, video)

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A tanker explosion which  happened at the Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan this morning (Tuesday, November 1), has left 7 people dead and about 200 people trapped.

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It triggered a massive blaze which engulfed the entire area, leaving at least 200 workers trapped inside the yard.

According to the Express Tribune newspaper, emergency services faced a race against time to rescue them.

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Deputy General Secretary of the National Trade Union Federation, Nasir Mansoor, said: “Over 200 workers are trapped inside the shipbreaking yard engulfed by flames.”

At least another 50 people were injuried in the horror incident.

The blaze apparently started in a dismantled oile tanker after a number of explosions near to where workers were doing gas welding.

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Rescue teams and firefighters struggled with the size of the fire as they battled to bring the flames under control.

RT reported the Gadani yard is the world’s third largest, with an average of 100 ships disamantled there each year.

It produces a million tons steel annually which is sold to Pakistan’s construction sector.

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Accidents and injuries are common there with poor safety standards in place.

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