Nine killed in China’s Factory Blast

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Beijing: Nine persons including a woman were killed and two others injured today when a blast ripped through an explosives factory in China’s eastern Shandong Province, the latest industrial accident to hit the country.

The blast occurred at a workshop of Shandong Tianbao Chemical Industry Co Ltd in Pingyi County, Linyi City in the morning, destroying 401 workshops. The plant manufactures explosives.

All nine workers in the workshop were killed and two in a neighbouring workshop were injured, one critically. The nine killed includes 26-year-old women and eight men aged between 24 and 41. DNA testing is under way to confirm the bodies. The cause of the blast is under investigation.

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