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RUSSIA EXPLOSION: Two Killed, Six Injured in Russian military base explosion

The explosion at a naval test facility in northern Russia, kills two people.

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Both were civilian specialists, the country’s defence ministry said in a statement.

Six other people injured were a mix of military and civilian personnel. The facility was not named.

An official said; The blast happened during testing of a rocket engine. But the explosion did not release harmful materials or radiation.

A statement carried by Russian news agency Interfax said; “During testing of a liquid jet engine an explosion and combustion of the product occurred,”.

“As a result of the event, six defence ministry officials and developer company representatives received injuries of varying severity. Two specialists died from their injuries,” the ministry said.

“There have been no harmful chemicals released into the atmosphere, the radiation levels are normal,” it added.

The blast reportedly happened in the Arkhangelsk Region region.

There had been earlier reports of a fire at a military facility near the town of Nyonoksa in the region, which hosts a navy missile test range known to be used for testing intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs.

Source: Bbc





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