Explosion damages stores in Bahrain mall
Blast in Lulu Centre believed to have been caused by gas leak
A Bahrain mall has been closed for a week after an explosion caused damage to around a dozen stores, it was reported.
The blast at the Lulu Centre in the capital of Manama occurred at around 11:30pm on Monday night and the source of the explosion is believed to have been a gas leak at a restaurant, the Gulf Daily News (GDN) reported.
Security officers said the explosion felt like an "earthquake" and warned that the incident could have been a lot worse if the mall had been open to the public at the time.
"This could have been similar to the gas cylinder explosion in Qatar earlier this year that killed and injured several people," an official was quoted as saying.
"The incident happened after 11.30pm when security guards were doing their rounds and the mall was empty. Based on our findings, it was a gas leak from a restaurant on the ground floor."
The report said more than 10 stories and a car park area were damaged in the blast.
"Parts of the ceiling were also damaged and we expect the mall to be closed for a few days until the debris is cleared and it is safe for people to go inside," the official added.