x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Explosion rocks Abu Dhabi mosque

Residents of Al Reef Villas were startled last night by an explosion on the site of a mosque under construction.

Residents rushed to the Al Reef Villas Mosque after hearing an explosion.
Residents rushed to the Al Reef Villas Mosque after hearing an explosion.

ABU DHABI // Residents of Al Reef Villas were startled last night by an explosion on the site of a mosque under construction.

Witnesses reported hearing the blast at about 10.50pm, and said a man at the site battled to extinguish a blaze before emergency responders arrived 10 minutes later.

The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes but police vehicles remained on the scene till the early hours of this morning.

Al Reef Villas, a gated community of 2,500 villas, is situated near Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Dozens of neighbours gathered in the streets to watch the inferno.

Abu Dhabi Police could not be reached for comment.

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