October 11, 2011 / 2:53 PM / in 6 years

Gas explosion kills eight in western Kazakhstan

ALMATY, Oct 11 (Reuters) - A powerful gas explosion at an oil pumping station killed eight workers in western Kazakhstan on Tuesday, the Central Asian nation’s Emergencies Ministry reported.

The blast in the Caspian Sea port city of Aktau was caused by a gas leak after safety rules were broken, the ministry said on its website. (www.emer.kz)

Kazakhstan’s state oil transportation company KazTransOil could not be immediately reached for comment.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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