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Suspected gas explosion in Russian Far East kills nine: report

Nine people were killed in a suspected gas explosion early Saturday at a five-story residential building on Russia’s southeastern Sakhalin island.

The TASS news agency reported that the explosion occurred in a brick building built in the 1980s in the village of Timovskoye.

“Nine people were killed, including four children,” the region’s governor, Valery Limarenko, told the Rossiya 24 television channel.

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The Emergencies Ministry said preliminary information pointed to a gas leak, adding that several floors had collapsed.

Pictures broadcast on television showed a white building with brown balconies partially demolished.

The Emergencies Ministry said 60 rescue workers had been deployed.

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