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Four killed in Russian copper mine explosion

24 June 2014

Four people have been killed and two others injured in an explosion at a copper mine in southeast Russia, a Russian news agency reported on June 22. The incident in the town of Gai, in the Orenburg region, occurred during the laying of explosives to extract copper, a spokesman for Gaisky GOK, which owns the mine, told the Ria Novosti news agency.

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A mine rescue unit was despatched to the site to search and evacuate the remaining miners from the pit.

The Ministry of the Russian Federation for Affairs for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) said that operations at the mine have been temporarily suspended pending an investigation to find out the exact cause of the incident.

This follows a blast at the Yenisei chemical factory in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, that killed two and injured three on June 19, which itself came less than a week after an explosion at a Rosneft plant in Krasnoyarsk resulted in the deaths of five people.

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