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Three people were killed on Monday in two separate gas explosions in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, according to state media and civil defense.

Two people died in a restaurant explosion in the Emirati capital, the Abu Dhabi government information office said in a statement.

"According to the investigation, the incident was caused by a bad connection of gas pipes," he said.

Abu Dhabi police added that other people were slightly or moderately injured.

BREAKING: Large explosion at a KFC in Abu Dhabi, UAE;

at least 2 dead.

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Two explosions and rumors

Incidents of this kind are rather rare in the Emirates.

While images of the gutted restaurant circulated on social networks, the information office urged the population to "avoid spreading rumors",

Earlier Monday, in the neighboring emirate of Dubai, a person was killed in a restaurant explosion "following a gas leak," according to a civil defense spokesperson.

According to him, the fire which broke out on the spot was brought under control in half an hour.

Dubai police are continuing their investigation.


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