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Worker injured in explosion in Bahrain

Homemade device planted near elementary school

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Manama: A Bangladeshi worker could lose his left hand after it was ripped apart in an explosion near a village school.

Doctors at Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain’s largest hospital, amputated three fingers and could be forced to perform another surgery that will leave Dalowar Abul Kahair, 29, without his left hand.

Doctors have amputated three fingers, but will check his condition after 24 hours and decide if they have to go ahead and amputate his entire hand,” Mohammad, his brother, said. “But if they ask me, I will not allow them to do so, as he will be disabled forever,” he told local daily Gulf Daily News.

The General Director of Muharraq Governorate Police said that explosion occurred in front of the gate of Al Dair Boys’ Primary School, near a bicycle repair shop.

“The case was reported on Road 25,” he said. “The bomb squad and crime teams immediately rushed to the scene and the public prosecution was notified.” Abul Kahair, from Comilla in south-eastern Bangladesh, has been living in Bahrain illegally for a year.

“He came to Bahrain in 2006 and started working for a bakery, which was later closed,” he said. “A year ago, he went back home and bought a free visa to come to Bahrain. He started working for a private restaurant, selling Bangladeshi food. He also collected aluminium cans in the morning to sell them and earn extra cash. He was on his routine job yesterday when he saw something shining in the middle of two cement blocks. He thought it was aluminium and touched it, when it exploded,” he told the daily.

His wife Tasleema, and two-year-old daughter Jannat who live in Bangladesh, are reportedly unaware of the incident.