KUCHING: Three men were killed after an explosion rocked a shopping mall here on Tuesday (Dec 4) afternoon.
State bomba director Khirudin Drahman confirmed that those killed were two Sarawakians and a Penangite.
He noted that two of the deceased were workers of the Nene Chicken food outlet in the CityOne Megamall.
The outlet is in the midst of being renovated before its scheduled opening tomorrow (Dec 5).
Khiruddin also said that four other individuals suffered from serious injuries due to the explosion.
"There is a total of 29 victims - four seriously injured, while three were dead. The rest suffered light injuries," he told reporters at the scene.
The cause of the explosion is still being investigated.
The fire and rescue personnel are at the scene attending to the injured.
In the 3.30pm incident, witnesses say the explosion caused the ceiling at a section of the mall to collapse.
A shop worker known as Niedazaie said she heard a loud sound like an explosion sometime after 3pm.
"It was very loud. At first I thought it was the weather but it sounded too loud. Then I felt some shaking and we were told to evacuate the building," she said.
A victim, who only wanted to be known as Benny, said he was installing beverage equipment when it happened.
"The wall fell and hit me. Everyone was in a panic," he said, adding that there were about 20 people in the vicinity during the time.