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BLAST INJURES 8 AT URAL REFINERY

A powerful explosion injured eight people and disrupted work at an oil refining plant in Russia's south Urals, Interfax news agency said Wednesday.

It quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying the explosion at the Novoufimsky oil refinery in the city of Ufa late Tuesday damaged a number of key facilities, including compressor, pump and control units and an oilpipe system.Fire brigades managed to put out the fire quickly, Interfax said, but eight people were injured. Six of them were taken to the hospital in serious condition.