At least 90 people were killed and over 150 injured when an explosion ripped through a packed restaurant near a bus stop in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua district on Saturday.

“There are 104 confirmed deaths at the moment. Eighty-two postmortems have been carried out and 22 are still pending,” ML Gond, an inspector in charge of Jhabua’s police control room, told AFP by phone.

The reason for the blast was not immediately clear but sources said it may have been triggered by gelatine sticks, used for mining, that were stored along with LPG cylinders in a nearby home.

The blast occurred in the town of Petlawad at around 8:30am when dozens of office workers and schoolchildren were having breakfast at the restaurant. “People were thrown away like pebbles in the air due to the explosion,” said a witness.

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