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Algerian gas plant explosion kills 23, injures 74

At least 23 people were killed and 74 injured when a huge explosion ripped through a liquefied natural gas plant near the eastern Algerian port of Skikda, in the country’s worst industrial accident since independence in 1962, the state energy group Sonatrach said. Algerian state radio said nine people were missing since the blast, which occurred at 6:40 pm (1740 GMT) on Monday. The minister for energy and mining, Chakib Khelil, told the radio after visiting the site that it was not yet possible to say what caused the blast. He also said it was unclear how many people were working in the area at the time and rescue workers were digging through the wreckage in case more bodies were buried there. Full Story

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