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Norwegian killed in Canary Islands blast

UPDATED: A Norwegian woman who was severely injured in a gas explosion while on holiday at a hotel in the Canary Islands has died at the hospital where she was rushed for treatment, reports Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The woman had been flown to hospital in Las Palmas after being badly burned in the explosion at a fully booked hotel in the Canary Islands. A total of 23 persons were injured, five of them seriously, and around 1,000 guests at the hotel were evacuated.

Around 150 other Norwegians were also staying at the Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa, which is used by the Apollo tour agency in Norway, also by Star Tour and Vingreiser. A spokeswoman for Apollo told NRK that the woman, on holiday with her husband, was on her way to breakfast when a propane gas canister reportedly exploded nearby.

A spokesman for Norway’s foreign ministry said the woman was in her 50s but she was not identified pending notification of next of kin. Another Norwegian tourist at the hotel, Knut-Frode Lid, told NRK the explosion was “very powerful” and that hotel guests took part in rescue efforts.

The others injured were said to be hotel employees.

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