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27 dead in Russia petrol pump inferno

12 killed in inferno at petrol station in Russia. Image Source: IANS News

Moscow, Aug 15 : At least 27 people, including three children, were killed and 127 others injured following an explosion at a petrol pump in Russian’s Dagestan region, officials said on Tuesday.

“As of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, the tragedy in Makhachkala killed 27 people and left 102 injured,” the state-run TASS News Agency quoted Sergey Mekilov, head of the Dagestan region, as saying

Efforts continue to clear the rubble and search for potential survivors. Search-and-rescue dog teams are working at the site.

In addition, the Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76 aircraft has departed from Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport to airlift the injured to hospitals.

The fire started on Monday night at an auto repair shop on the roadside of a highway in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, and caused blasts spreading to the nearby petrol pump.

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