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Gadani ship-breaking yard blast kills at least 11 in Pakistan

Pakistani bystanders gather around the wreckage of a burning ship after a gas cylinder explosion at the Gadani shipbreaking yard, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Karachi on 1 November, 2016 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption The ship-breaking yard at Gadani is one of the world's largest

At least 11 people have died after an explosion at a ship-breaking yard in south-western Pakistan near Karachi, local authorities say.

Workers were dismantling an oil tanker in Gadani when a gas cylinder exploded, causing the ship to catch fire.

Some 59 workers were badly burned and many people reportedly jumped overboard to escape the blaze.

"We have recovered at least 11 bodies so far," senior local official Zulfiqar Ali Shah told the AFP news agency.

Emergency services are struggling to contain the fire and it is feared that the death toll will rise further. It is unclear how many people were aboard the ship when the explosion occurred.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed "deep sorrow" over the incident.

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