In drone strikes on three fuel tankers and a storage facility of oil firm ADNOC in Muzaffar Industrial Area in the United Arab Emirates three people, two Indians and a Pakistani, were killed and six were majorly injured . Also Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The Indian mission in Abu Dhabi in a tweet wrote, “UAE authorities have informed that the explosion at Mussafah, near ADNOC’s storage tanks, has led to 3 casualties, which included 2 Indian nationals. The Mission @IndembAbuDhabi is in close touch with UAE authorities concerned for further details.”
According to media reports – Meanwhile, India’s envoy to the UAE, Sunjay Sudhir, told India Today that reaching out to the families of the victims was his mission’s “top priority”
“Our mission is in close touch with UAE authorities concerned for further details. Top priority is to reach out to the families of those who have died,” he said.
The Abu Dhabi Police confirmed the deaths of Indian nationals came in a tweet, wrote: “The accident resulted in the death of a person of Pakistani nationality and two people of Indian nationality, and the injury of 6 others. Their injuries were between light and medium.”
Now investigation have been ordered by authorities into the cause of the explosion.
The Abu Dhabi Police added in a tweet, “competent authorities begin an extensive investigation into the cause of the fire and the circumstances surrounding it.”
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) issued a statement and said that at approximately 10:00 am on Monday morning, an “incident occurred at our Mussafah Fuel Depot in Abu Dhabi which resulted in the outbreak of a fire”.
“Emergency response teams, including civil defence, fire and ambulance responders as well as an ADNOC emergency response team quickly attended the scene, and the fire was brought under control and extinguished,” the statement read.
“ADNOC is deeply saddened to confirm that three colleagues have died,” the statement read, adding that: “A further six colleagues were injured and received immediate specialist medical care”.
“Professional support teams are supporting the families of all those who have been impacted. At this time, the entire ADNOC family extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our colleagues who died this morning”.
“We are working closely with the relevant authorities to determine the exact cause and a detailed investigation has commenced,” it added.