Pizzeria in Belgian city explodes: two dead, over a dozen injured

A pizzeria in Belgium’s second-largest city exploded on Monday night, leaving over a dozen people injured and at least two dead under the rubble, officials said. 

The pizzeria, located near Antwerp’s busy Paardenmarkt square, collapsed after a massive explosion ripped through it around 10 p.m. local time, according to cops.  

Antwerp officials quickly tweeted that the explosion was “not terror” related, but noted that another three nearby buildings were badly damaged in the blast.

A cause for the explosion was not immediately known, though local reports have speculated it was from a gas leak.

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Explosions rips through pizzeria in Belgium

Investigators announced Tuesday morning that two people who did not survive were pulled from the wreckage.

They said 14 people were injured, including five seriously and one critically. 

Mayor Bart De Wever praised the rescue workers and called the explosion “terrible.” 

“My thoughts are with the victims and their families,” De Wever tweeted in Dutch. 

Belgium has been on high alert since a wave of deadly terror attacks swept across Europe in 2016. 

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