Man killed, 9 hurt in boiler explosion

A man was killed and nine others were injured as a boiler exploded at a rice mill in Sadar upazila of Thakurgaon yesterday.

The dead is Solaman Ali, 38, son of Abbas Ali of Rajagaon village in the upazila.

Mosharul Islam, chairman of the local union parishad, said the boiler of the rice mill exploded around 10:00am. Solaman died on the spot.

Ruhul Amin, owner of the rice mill who received burn injuries himself, said the mill was inaugurated this season and he was clueless about what caused the explosion.

Neither police nor the fire service department could immediately identify the reason behind the explosion.

People who were burnt are: Sahul Alam Sanu, 60, Mantaj Rahman, 55, Badal, 28, Tulshi, 28, Alam, 45, Arfina, 16, Ruhul Amin, 65, his son Johorul Islam, 45, and pedestrian Arif, 15.

They were admitted at Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital.