Firefighters removed the bodies of the dead while those injured were rushed to hospital [AFP]

At least six people have been killed and 38 others injured in an explosion at an internet cafe in China's southwestern province of Guizhou.

Officials said the blast late on Saturday in Kaili city appeared to be caused by "inflammable and explosive materials" stored near the cafe, located under a bridge.

State television showed footage of rescue workers pulling victims out of the rubble after the internet cafe was reduced to ruins. Windows in neighbouring buildings were shattered in the blast.

Dynamite experts were still investigating the site to determine the cause of the blast, the Xinhua news agency said.

Eleven of those hurt were seriously injured.

Source: Agencies