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Malaysia firework explosion injures 25

A firework explosion in Kedal State of Malaysia has injured at least 25 people attending Thaipusam celebration of the Hindu community.

The incident happened on February 1 evening at an area near Sri Subramaniya Swami of Sungai Petani town, Kuala Muda district when more than 30,000 Hindus were celebrating the festival.

Local authorities have investigated the incident because many information sources showed that fireworks are excluded in the celebration agenda.

However, the police had yet to issue any statement on the incident while the actual number of victims and extent of injuries were not known.

The victims said that a number of fireworks exploded on the ground.

Malaysia has about 1.6 million Indian-origin people, equivalent to 5 percent of its population, a part of whom are Hindus.-VNA

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