Over 70 wounded in Spanish tourist resort city explosion


MALAGA, Spain – More than 70 people have been injured, four seriously, in an explosion near the southern Spanish resort city of Malaga, officials say.

Emergency services have been scrambled to a cafe in the southern city after a gas cylinder exploded, leaving at least five people seriously hurt and dozens more wounded.

The sunshine city, on the Costa Del Sol, is a hugely popular destination for British tourists who flock there in their thousands every summer and is also home to a large expat community.

The ferocious explosion took place outside La Bohemia cafe, in Montera Street, at about 17:00 GMT during a local annual Velez Day fair.

Pictures from the scene show severe damage to the La Bohemia cafe and debris strewn across a street.

Local newspaper La Opinion de Malaga said that the chef had raised the alarm moments before the blast.

The newspaper also reported (in Spanish) that police cars helped ferry the injured to hospital because the local ambulance service was overwhelmed with casualties.

It is not yet clear why the gas cylinder exploded.