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One Killed, Three Injured By Suspected Gas Blast In Tashkent

A suspected natural-gas explosion has killed one woman and injured three men in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

The explosion hit a business center in Tashkent on the evening on April 23.

Four people were hospitalized with severe injuries. One of them, a woman, whose name was not disclosed, later died of her wounds.

The Uzbek Interior Ministry said on April 24 that the explosion took place on the building's ground floor, which is under repair. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the blast may have been caused by improper use of natural gas.

The explosion damaged the building’s first two floors, but there is no danger of the building's collapse, ministry officials said.

However, RFE/RL correspondents report that the nine-story building is visibly leaning after the accident.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

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