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Central Asians Die, Injured In Moscow Blaze

MOSCOW -- A fire in a three-storey building in downtown Moscow has killed seven people and severely injured several more, RFE/RL's Russian, Tajik, and Kyrgyz services report.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the blaze may have been caused by antiquated electrical wiring and/or by misuse in the building, which housed labor migrants from Central Asia.

The Tajik Embassy in Moscow has confirmed that three men killed in the blaze were Tajik citizens: Kurbon Akhmadov, Alikhon Saidnaimov, and Naimsho Saidnaimov.

The other four bodies were badly burned and have not yet been identified.

The Kyrgyz Embassy in Moscow announced that four Kyrgyz citizens -- Baatyrbek
Mazamatis Uulu, Nuraiym Almanbetova, and two small children, Meernisa Aitnazarova, and Emir Aitnazarov -- have been hospitalized.

Twenty others were rescued from the burning building.

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