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Explosion at chemical plant in Uzbekistan, casualties reported

An explosion occurred at a chemical plant in the city of Fergana, regional center in the east of Uzbekistan, casualties were reported. RIA Novosti informed.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan said that the accident had happened yesterday at about 7.30 p.m. Bishkek time. The blast took place at an ammonia production facility «Ferganaazot» during repair and assembly work.

The Ministry however did not report the number of victims. At the same time, it noted that a government commission, which will deal with finding out the causes of the incident, as well as providing assistance to the family of victims, has been formed.

The accident happened at the plant, which is the largest producer of nitrogen fertilizers in the country.