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3 fuel tankers explode in Abu Dhabi, fire breaks out at airport construction site


DUBAI – A minor fire at the airport and three fuel tanker explosions were reported in Abu Dhabi on Monday (January 17), according to Abu Dhabi Police.

Police said three people were killed and six others injured in the fire that led to the explosion of the fuel tankers. Those killed were two Indians and one Pakistani national.

Police said the fire caused three fuel tankers to explode in the Al Musaffah area. Police said the tankers were transporting petrol near the storage tanks of ADNOC.

A senior UAE official said the deadly explosions were a “heinous attack on civilian facilities” by Yemen’s Al Houthi militia.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Special Adviser to the UAE President, described the Al Houthi as a “terrorist militia”. Officials said the blasts may have been caused by drones.

Another fire, which was reported to be a minor one, broke out in a new construction area at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Police said there was no “significant” damage reported.

According to preliminary investigation, small flying objects or possibly drones were spotted falling into the two areas that may have sparked the fires and the subsequent explosions.

An investigation is underway to find out the circumstances surrounding the two incidents. ICA/Expat Media

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