Two killed in Daegu explosion
DAEGU, South Korea -- Two police officers were killed and six injured in an explosion at a store in Daegu, which was suspected to have been caused by flammable paints and paint thinners, police and fire officials said today.
The blast occurred around 11:45 a.m. yesterday with a loud explosive sound at the store in the southeastern city, about three-hundred kilometers southeast of Seoul, they said. The huge explosion ripped through three nearby buildings and ten cars, they added.
The bodies of the two police officers -- only identified by their surnames Nam and Jeon -- were found on the road about ten meters away from the scene, fire officials said. The two were patrolling the area at the time of the accident, they added.
The wounded people are being treated for mild injuries at a nearby hospital, police said.
Fire officials said that hundreds of cans of paint thinners stored inside the store may have caused the explosion and they will further investigate to determine the exact cause.