Deadly blast tears through Chinese restaurant

Deadly blast tears through Chinese restaurant

Deadly blast tears through Chinese restaurant

Updated 24 November 2012, 17:02 AEDT

Fourteen people have been killed and 47 injured in a blast that tore through a restaurant in northern China, with initial investigations pointing to a gas leak as the likely cause.

The explosion occurred in the city of Jinzhong in Shanxi province, which lies to the west of Beijing, on Friday evening, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The blast shattered windows of buildings near the two-storey restaurant, which served hot pot - a popular Chinese kind of stew.

Xinhua quoted local investigators as saying that 17 of the injured were in a serious condition.

AFP

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