Death toll from Armenia blast rises to 16

13 of 16 victims killed in Surmalu market explosion identified, says Ministry of Emergency Situations.

Death toll from Armenia blast rises to 16

The death toll from Sunday’s explosion at a market in the Armenian capital Yerevan rose to 16, local media reported on Tuesday.

Thirteen of 16 victims, who were killed in the Surmalu market explosion, are identified, Armenpress news agency quoted Hayk Kostanyan, spokesperson for the Emergency Situations Ministry, as saying.

Kostanyan said that those identified include a pregnant woman and a child. “Now the number of those missing is 10,” he added.

The blast in an explosives warehouse at the Surmalu shopping center caused a fire and led to the collapse of the three-story building.

Meanwhile, all subway stations in the capital Yerevan were closed after a bomb threat was received at 10.05 a.m. local time on Tuesday, the National Center for Crisis Management said.

Bomb disposal teams from the Ministry of Emergencies were dispatched to the stations.

Hüseyin Demir

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