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    The explosion occurred due to a violation of safety requirements at work, the Russian Defence Ministry reports.

    Five Northern Fleet servicemen have sustained injuries after an artillery shell exploded at a warehouse complex in Murmansk Oblast, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

    "According to preliminary data, the blast occurred as a result of the violation of safety requirements during loading and unloading operations on the technical territory of the warehouse complex", the ministry said in a statement.

    The Northern Fleet's command has launched an investigation into the incident. The injured have been taken to a military hospital where they have received all the necessary medical help. Their lives are not threatened.

    The Northern Fleet is a branch of the Russian Navy in the Arctic that is headquartered at Severomorsk in Russia's north-western Murmansk Oblast.

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    injuries, explosion, Russian Northern Fleet, Murmansk, Russia
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