SHOCKING footage shows the horrifying moment two blasts ripped through a shopping centre – leaving at least one person dead and 57 in hospital.
Huge plumes of smoke could be seen billowing from the building in Armenia’s capital before it again exploded – sending panicked customers running for their lives.
At least two people have died after two blasts ripped through an Armenian shopping centreCredit: AP
People fled as a second explosion ripped through the building
Dozens of people were hurt in the blastsCredit: AP
Many people were left trapped under rubble following the explosionsCredit: Reuters
Dozens of people were left trapped under mounds of rubbles as rescuers battled to save them.
According to emergency services, the explosions happened in a building at the Surmalu market in Yerevan where fireworks are sold – setting off a massive fire.
Authorities have confirmed at least two people have died and 60 people have been injured.
Horror footage shows people watching on as large clouds of smoke towered over the area.
The building then exploded – prompting terrified shoppers to frantically start running from the scene as smoke filled the streets.
Firefighters struggled for hours to contain the blaze as fireworks kept detonating, TASS reported the head of the ministry’s rescue service as saying.
Levon Sardaryan, the spokesman for Yerevan’s mayor, said: “Rescue workers were laboring to pull people out of the rubble.
“The explosion was in an area where fireworks were stored.”
Footage appears to show police arresting someone at the scene, though this has yet to be confirmed.
It comes as authorities in the city were alerted to explosive devices installed in metro stations, military and civilian facilities, shopping malls, the zoo and a church.
Teams have been sent out to investigate, with all areas evacuated and all train services suspended. It is unclear whether this is linked to the explosion.
It comes as at least 41 people have died after a huge blaze erupted at a church in Egypt during a service.
It’s feared many of the victims are children and the death toll could rise as some 45 people have also been left injured after flames tore through the Abu Seifeng Church.
It’s reported the congregation had just finished prayer when the blaze broke out.
Several ambulances were rushed to the scene in Giza as firefighters battled to extinguish the raging flames.
Thick smoke could be seen billowing into the skyCredit: RA Ministry Of Emergency Situations
Smoke filled the streets as people ran away from the building
Some victims were left trapped under rubble and were rescuedCredit: AP
Dramatic pictures show the horrific aftermath of the blazeCredit: Reuters
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