The police and local media said, three people were killed and several others were injured on Monday in two separate explosions in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi and its tourism hub Dubai.
The Abu Dhabi government media office said two people were murdered in the blast in the capital, which the National daily claimed had hit the KFC and Hardees restaurants on the city’s Rashid bin Saeed Street.
The street as a main road leads to the airport, where top officials to U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to land later on Monday, in a historic trip between Arab country and Israel.
The police said the Abu Dhabi occurrence had caused several minor and moderate injuries, and residents of the building and surrounding areas were evacuated. The Abu Dhabi media office said the explosion was caused by a “misalignment in the gas container fittings following refuelling”.
Photos published on social and local media showed a widespread destruction to the two restaurants with a white plume of smoke rising from the ground floor of the building.
On Monday local media reported that one person was killed when a gas cylinder exploded in a restaurant in Dubai.
According to quote of the National newspaper owned by Abu Dhabi, a Dubai Civil Defence spokesperson said, the blast in Dubai had caused a blaze that destroyed the ground floor of the building. The blast was controlled within 33 minutes, it added.