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Ruined shop still smoking after blast kills four in UK’s Leicester

Aerial footage showed smoke rising from the ruin of a convenience store in the British city of Leicester after an explosion destroyed the shop and the home above it on Sunday (February 25) evening, killing at least four people.

The blast ripped through the building at about 1900 GMT, turning the ground floor shop and a two-storey apartment above it into rubble.

Leicestershire Police Superintendant Shane O’Neill said there were four confirmed fatalities and a number of injured. Specialist rescue efforts using search dogs are continuing at the site looking for any more survivors and further casualties.

Investigators were working to determine the cause of the blast and there was no immediate indication that the explosion was linked to terrorism, O’Neill said.

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