Armenian emergency employees work on the side of burned Surmalu market in Yerevan, Armenia. AP
Sunday's blast at the Surmalu wholesale market also injured 60 people after it caused a fire and the collapse of a building.
"Sixteen bodies were found during search and rescue efforts," the ministry said in a statement, adding that 18 people were still missing.
Officials said more than 350 rescuers are at work on the ground.
The cause has not yet been established, but local news reports, citing witnesses, said the explosion went off at a place that stored fireworks.
Local authorities have excluded the possibility that it was a terror attack and prosecutors have already launched a probe into violations "on stocking inflammable goods", breaches in fire safety standards and the death of people "due to negligence".
The disaster comes as the country of three million people is still recovering from a 2020 war with Azerbaijan, which ended in a heavy defeat and sparked a political crisis.
Shortly after Sunday's blast, officials evacuated people from Yerevan metro stations after a bomb threat, but authorities found no explosive device.Agence France-Presse
Local officials said the attack happened after two police were killed at a roadside checkpoint outside the city.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) expressed its utter denunciation of the Taliban-claimed attacks, which included the targeting of an electoral rally of President Ashraf Ghani in Parwan Province and the bombing of an army base in Kabul.
Thursday's massive explosion destroyed part of the hospital in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, and left a fleet of ambulances broken and battered.
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai also defended the Taliban's role in recent bloodshed across the country after US President Donald Trump cited an attack that killed an American soldier as his reason for calling off negotiations earlier this month.
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