At Least Four Dead in Phnom Penh Gas Explosion, Officers Say

Bodies continued to be pulled from the scene of a huge gas explosion in central Phnom Penh into Saturday evening, with two shops destroyed and officers at the scene saying at least four people, including a girl, had died.

Loud explosions and building-high flames could be seen and heard across central Phnom Penh on Saturday afternoon as at least a dozen fire trucks and an ambulance attended the scene on Street 63, and authorities closed nearby roads to traffic.

“We thought it was a bomb,” said Kelly Roberts, a 33-year-old civil servant from the U.K. who witnessed the explosion at around 4:30 p.m.

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