General Assembly President voices sorrow over deadly Bangladeshi blaze

4 June 2010

The President of the General Assembly today expressed his deep sadness over a fire in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, which has claimed the lives of at least 115 people and injured many more.

Media reports indicate that an apparent electrical explosion may be responsible for starting the blaze, which engulfed apartment blocks and shops in the densely crowded Najirabazar district of Dhaka last night.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Assembly President Ali Treki offered his prayers and condolences on behalf of all UN Member States to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Bangladesh.

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