1 dead in Armenian shopping center blast-Xinhua

Rescuers work after an explosion at a shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, on August 14, 2022. One person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency ministry . (Photo by Asatur Yesayants/Xinhua)

YEREVAN, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) — One person was killed and dozens injured in an explosion in Armenia’s capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency ministry.

The official Armenpress news agency said at least 51 people had been hospitalized after a fire broke out and an explosion occurred in the Surmalu shopping mall.

Fire and search operations are underway at the site of the explosion. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Rescuers work after an explosion at a shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, on August 14, 2022. One person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency ministry . (Photo by Asatur Yesayants/Xinhua)

Rescuers work after an explosion at a shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, on August 14, 2022. One person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency ministry . (Photo by Asatur Yesayants/Xinhua)

People gather near the scene after an explosion at a shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, August 14, 2022. One person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency department. (Photo by Asatur Yesayants/Xinhua)

A rescue worker works after an explosion at a shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, on August 14, 2022. One person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency ministry . (Photo by Asatur Yesayants/Xinhua)

Rescuers work after an explosion at a shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, on August 14, 2022. One person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency ministry . (Photo by Asatur Yesayants/Xinhua)

Smoke rises after an explosion occurred at a shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, August 14, 2022. One person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency ministry . (Photo by Asatur Yesayants/Xinhua)

Rescuers work after an explosion at a shopping center in Yerevan, Armenia, on August 14, 2022. One person was killed and dozens were injured in an explosion in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday, according to the country’s emergency ministry . (Photo by Asatur Yesayants/Xinhua)

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