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Explosion At Uzbek Clinic Injures 22 People

An explosion at a clinic in Uzbekistan's eastern city of Andijon has injured 22 people.

Uzbekistan's Emergency Ministry says a blast on February 26 in the boiler room at Andijon's central clinic injured 18 schoolchildren and four teachers who were in the X-ray unit for regular checkups.

According to the statement, a malfunction of the boiler's equipment might have caused that blast in the midmorning.

A physician at the clinic told RFE/RL that the explosion was very powerful.

"The boiler room and the X-ray room are located at the back of the building. Schoolchildren from School No.4 were being examined in the X-ray room when the explosion took place. The blast was so strong that we thought it was a bomb," the doctor said.

Local authorities have established a special commission to investigate the explosion.