Russia mine blast kills at least nine workers

December 12th, 2008 - 2:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Dec 12 (RIA Novosti) At least nine workers were killed and six others injured in a mine explosion in Russia’s northern Murmansk region, the police said Friday. The incident occurred Thursday as workers were preparing to carry out a controlled explosion at the Rasvumchorrsky mine, eight kilometres from the town of Kirovsk. Three people were missing after the blast, a police official said.

Rescue officials are searching for the missing people.

The injured were rushed to a hospital, the official said.

The cause of the blast is being investigated.

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