Family killed in Italy gas blast


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Three bodies have been found in the rubble of a collapsed building in southern Italy, the news agency ANSA said.

The bodies are believed to be those of an Italian-Dutch couple and their child who had been staying in a residential building in the historic centre of the town of Conversano.

The building collapsed this morning after an explosion caused by a gas leak.

At least 10 people in surrounding buildings were slightly injured, including one child.

Conversano mayor Giuseppe Lovascio told Sky 24 Italian television earlier that an Italian-Dutch family had arrived from the Netherlands two days ago for a holiday.

Conversano is south of the city of Bari in the Apulia region, which forms the heel of the Italian boot.