2 Filipinos killed in Abu Dhabi restaurant blast

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RESTAURANT BLAST. A gas explosion hit two restaurants along the main road to the airport in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi on Monday (Aug. 31, 2020). Authorities said the blast killed two Filipinos and injured several others. (Photo courtesy of WAM)

MANILA – Two Filipinos have died from the gas explosion at a restaurant in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital Abu Dhabi, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine embassy in the UAE is also working with authorities on getting details about some Filipinos who were injured and brought to a hospital.

“Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana has reached out to the families of the deceased to express condolences and to give assurance that they will be provided all necessary assistance,” the statement read.

The explosion that hit KFC and Hardee’s restaurants occurred along Rashid bin Saeed Street, a main road to the airport, on Monday morning, causing minor and moderate injuries to several others, according to reports.

In a tweet, the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said the blast was caused by a “misalignment in the gas container fittings following refueling.”

Following the explosion, the Filipino community in Abu Dhabi was advised to remain safe and be mindful of security and safety protocols. (PNA)

The Philippine News Agency is a web-based newswire service of the Philippine government under the supervision of the News and Information Bureau (NIB) of the Presidential Communications Office (PCO).

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