Three believed killed, several injured after explosion at Kuching shopping mall (UPDATED)

KUCHING: Three people, all male, are believed dead and several others injured after an explosion rocked a shopping mall here on Tuesday (Dec 4) afternoon.

The fire and rescue personnel are at the scene attending to the injured.

Witnesses say the explosion caused the ceiling at a section of the mall to collapse.

It is not known how many are injured.

Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei said he was informed that there were three fatalities.

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.