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Gas plant blast in Eastern China kills 15 according to rights group

17 October 2013

A human rights watchdog said on October 16 that the number of casualties in a gas plant explosion in east China's Shandong Province last week was underreported, according to Kyodo. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy quoted sources as saying 15 people died in the blast at Boxing Chengli Gas Supply Co. in Boxing County in Binzhou City, as opposed to the official figure of nine deaths.

A 50,000-square-metre gas container in the plant exploded on October 8, shattering glass windows of some 3,000 residences within a 3 kilometer radius and sending 200 people to hospital, the Hong Kong-based organisation said.

Binzhou authorities issued a statement saying five people were under criminal detention, allegedly in connection with the explosion and covering up the incident.

The cause of explosion is being investigated but no information on damage was provided in the statement.

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