Explosion kills 5 at northern Iraq factory

08:09, April 26, 2010      

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Five people were killed and 15 others injured in an explosion at a steel factory outside the city of Arbil in northern Iraq on Sunday, local police source said.

The blast occurred in the morning at the Arbil Steel factory located along the main road between the cities of Arbil and Mosul, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast took place while the workers were cutting the steel which they used to bring from central and southern Iraq, the source said, adding that the cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

An investigation is underway about the blast that caused severe damages to the factory's building, the source added.

Arbil, some 350 km north of Baghdad, is part of the semi- autonomous Kurdish region.



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