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Turkmenistan: Gas Explosion In Ashgabat Kills Seven, Scores Injured

Ashgabat, 6 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Seven people were killed and scores more injured after an apparent gas explosion in a residential area of the Turkmen capital Ashgabat last night. Igor Shilov, a senior member of Turkmenistan's Civil Defense Department, said a preliminary investigation showed that gas leak was the cause of the explosion.

Residents of the affected area said at least 30 people were injured in the explosion.