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Blast in Chinese oil barge kills 3

An empty oil transport barge exploded on China's Yangtze river early Saturday, killing...

An empty oil transport barge exploded on China's Yangtze river early Saturday, killing at least three sailors, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The barge was one of five being towed by a tug belonging to the Nanjing Oil Transportation Company, Xinhua said. It sunk after exploding near the river port of Anqing in Anhui province, about 600 kilometers upriver from China's commercial capital, Shanghai.

Another eight sailors are missing and an unspecified number of injured were taken to hospital, Xinhua said.

Oil grids have been deployed to prevent the spread of residual oil over the river surface, the report said. The sunken barge is not obstructing the main navigation channel in the Yangtze, China's mightiest river and a key transportation route linking inland cities to the coast.

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