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A gas blast at a university canteen in Algeria killed seven students and left some 40 others injured, the APS news agency reported.

The students were eating dinner in Tlemcen, 520km south-west of the capital Algiers when the explosion occurred. The head of the area’s university works department said that gas had accumulated in the basement of the building following a leak.

The local emergency services said the toll could rise.

Straits Times

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