18 people killed in massive explosion at Indian wedding

Rescuers discovered nine more bodies on Sunday beneath the ruins of an Indian hotel, bringing the known death toll from an explosion which tore through a wedding party to 18, an official said.

A gas cylinder exploded late on Friday at the hotel in the city of Beawar, in the western state of Rajasthan, reducing the venue to ruins and sparking a huge fire.

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By Saturday evening officials said nine bodies had been found.

But the figure rose sharply on Sunday as rescue teams, aided by the army, found nine more victims including women and children under rubble.

“So far 18 bodies have been recovered,” said Gaurav Goyal, a senior administrative official in Ajmer, the district where the blast occurred, about 200 kilometers from the state capital Jaipur.

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