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| 12 dead in Russia mine explosion|
| Updated at: 1243 PST, Friday, December 12, 2008|
MOSCOW: Twelve workers were killed and four injured in a mine explosion in Russia's northern Murmansk region, local news agency reported Friday, citing emergency officials.
The blast took place late Thursday when explosives accidentally detonated during excavation work at an apatite mine near Kirovsk, some 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) north of Moscow, the news agency said.
"A large-scale blast was being prepared at the mine for which 55 tonnes of explosives had been laid. According to confirmed figures, 12 died and four were injured," a source at the emergency situations ministry told the agency.