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Blast rocks Russian mine

An explosion hit a copper and zinc mine in Orenburg Region, Russia near the border with Kazakhstan at 8:50am local time on Saturday.

There were 91 miners underground at the moment of the blast, which happened at a depth of 1.2km. Three people were killed, while 88 others were able to evacuate safely and require medical assistance, the local prosecutor’s office said.

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The reasons for the incident at the Gaysky mining and processing plant are now being investigated.

A source told Interfax that the explosion took place during pyrotechnic works. A violation of safety regulations and a malfunctioning of gas sensors are being looked at as possible causes.

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