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3. Gas explosion at restaurant kills 17 in China

A gas explosion at a restaurant in the Chinese inland province of Anhui has reportedly killed 17 people.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency says the explosion occurred in the city of Wuhu at around noon on Saturday, local time.

A video posted on the Internet shows people screaming as a plume of fire rises amid the sound of explosions. A blackened gas cylinder is also seen in the video.

Chinese media report that the restaurant was crowded with people eating lunch. They quote witnesses as saying there was a smell of gas shortly before the explosion.

This is the latest in a series of explosions in China, including ones at chemical warehouses and factories as well as others caused by gas leaks in houses and restaurants.