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Thursday November 01, 2012 03:11:22 PM, Agencies

Riyadh: Fourteen people were killed and wounding at least 60 when a truck transporting fuel exploded Thursday in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Al-Arabiya television reported.

The explosion took place in the eastern part of Riyadh when the driver hit a bridge on Shaikh Jaber road. The accident damaged several vehicles and nearby houses, reported Xinhua quoting Al Arabiya.

The accident occurred at a junction on Khurays Road, one of the city's main arteries, and that the blast damaged neighboring houses and cars, said Al Arabiya correspondent Khalid al-Matrafi.

He said civil defense teams controlled the fire resulting from the incident.

There was no immediate suspicion of terrorist links based on witness accounts, which suggested the fuel tanker exploded in a traffic accident under a bridge.

An AFP photographer at the scene reported huge damage in the area with dozens of cars burned. He said he saw civil defence personnel carrying two bodies "completely charred."





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