'22 dead' in Saudi explosion

At least 22 people have been reportedly killed after an industrial building was nearly entirely destroyed in an explosion caused by a tanker carrying flammable liquid crashing in the Saudi Arabian capital.

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Emergency officials comb Riyadh explosion site

More than 100 emergency officials are combing the site of the industrial building explosion in the Saudi capital of Riyadh in a search for victims.

Survivor Kushnoo Akhtara, 55, who was at work in the building, which housed the operations of a heavy machinery distributor, when the blast occurred said "lots of people" were left under rubble.

I was inside the building when the blast came. Then boom, the building collapsed. Furniture, chairs and cabinets blasted into the room I was in. My brother is still inside under the rubble. There are lots of people in there.

– Kushnoo Akhtara

'At least 10 dead' after flammable tanker explodes in Saudi capital

At least 10 people have been reportedly killed after an industrial building was nearly entirely destroyed in an explosion caused by a tanker carrying flammable liquid crashing in the Saudi Arabian capital.

Reuters reported the latest death toll, quoting witnesses and TV reports.

Officials in Riyadh said the fuel truck smashed into a concrete flyover, causing the multi-storey industrial building to be almost levelled and damaging several nearby buildings.

Explosion in Saudi Arabian capital

An industrial building in eastern Riyadh, the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia, was almost entirely destroyed by a large explosion on Thursday, a Reuters witness said.

The building was almost levelled by the blast, with one corner left standing, the witness said. Nearby vehicles were on fire and at least five fire engines were arriving at the scene.

The reason for the explosion was not immediately clear.