Colombian shipyard explosions kill six

A series of explosions occurred at shipyards in the coastal city of Cartagena in Colombia, killing at least six people and injuring more than 20 others.

According to the local fire service, the blasts occurred within about 30 minutes of each other on Wednesday at two industrial facilities.

One blast occurred at Colombian naval corporation Cotecmar, while another two explosions struck US shipbuilder Astivik, which mainly builds specialised barges, floating docks and tugboats.

Cotecmar President Jorge Enrique Carreno told reporters that the explosion happened on a ship that was under maintenance. Firefighters have put out the fires caused by the explosions.

Local police are still investigating whether it was an accident or an attack.

Jason Jiang

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