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Natural Gas Explosion Kills 13 at Refinery

January 20, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

An explosion in a tank of liquefied natural gas ripped through an Algerian refinery, killing at least 13 workers and injuring 74, officials said.

The blast at state-run Sonatrach's refinery touched off a major fire that raged into the night in Skikda, a port on the gas-rich nation's eastern Mediterranean coast. The blast was believed to be accidental.

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