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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008 11:23 pm | Updated: 9:59 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

MOSCOW - Russian news agencies are reporting that at least nine workers have been killed in an explosion at a mine in northern Russia.

State-run RIA-Novosti cites an unidentified law enforcement official as saying three people remained missing and six others were injured by the blast Thursday at a mine in the Murmansk region.

Interfax cites an unidentified emergency official as saying 12 people were killed and four injured.

According to RIA-Novosti, the mine belongs to a major company that produces a fertilizer component. It cites the law enforcement official as saying the blast happened while workers were conducting controlled explosions at the mine.

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