KARACHI – At least six people were killed and over 50 others injured on Tuesday when a blast occurred in an oil tanker at Gadani ship-breaking yard.

Huge explosion took place in an oil tanker when dozens of labourers were working at the ship-breaking yard.

According to Dawn, the Deputy superintendent police Hub confirmed the death toll and added that workers said over 100 people were working on the ship at the time.

Reports said six of the workers died on the spot while more than 30 others suffered burn injuries.

Rescue teams from Karachi and Hub area of Balochistan rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to hospital. Fire fighters were also called to extinguish the blaze.

The ship-breaking yard is the world’s third largest ship breaking yard located across a 10 km long beachfront at Gadani, about 50 kilometres northwest of Karachi.