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Russian nuclear submarine accident leaves 20 dead, 22 injured

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An accident aboard a Russian nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean killed 20 and injured another 22 people, a spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee said on Sunday. The accident occurred late on Saturday during the sea trials of a nuclear-powered submarine as a result of the unsanctioned activation of the submarine's fire-extinguishing system.
MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti) - An accident aboard a Russian nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean killed 20 and injured another 22 people, a spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee said on Sunday.

The accident occurred late on Saturday during the sea trials of a nuclear-powered submarine as a result of the unsanctioned activation of the submarine's fire-extinguishing system. The incident is the worst for the Russian navy since the sinking of the Kursk submarine in 2000 when all 118 sailors died.

"According to preliminary information, the incident killed 20 people - 6 sailors and 14 civilians who were aboard the submarine while 22 people received injuries of various gravity," Vladimir Markin said.

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