6 dead in chemical factory explosion in Czech Republic

Police stand at the entrance of a chemical plant, the site of an explosion, in Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018. (AP)
Updated 22 March 2018
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6 dead in chemical factory explosion in Czech Republic

PRAGUE: Six people were killed and two were injured in an explosion in a chemical factory in the Czech Republic, officials said on Thursday.
The explosion occurred inside a plant located in the town of Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of the capital Prague. Unipetrol, a Czech oil processor and plastics producer, said the blast took place inside one of the storage tank for fuels and additives in its refinery.
It was not immediately clear what caused the blast.
Regional firefighters confirmed that six people were killed and that two injured people were sent to hospitals. Spokesman Petr Svoboda said there was no danger of further explosions at the site.
Petr Holecek, the town’s mayor, told Czech public television a tank with an unspecified substance exploded. Speaking from the site of the explosion, Holecek also said he believed there was no danger to the town.
No dangerous substances have leaked out, according to police spokeswoman Marketa Jonova.


Russia says Taliban ready to attend Afghan peace talks in Moscow - RIA

Updated 19 September 2018
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Russia says Taliban ready to attend Afghan peace talks in Moscow - RIA

  • Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister is expected to visit Moscow

MOSCOW: Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday the Taliban was prepared to attend multilateral peace talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, RIA news agency reported.
Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister is expected to visit Moscow on Thursday to discuss the dates of the talks, the Afghan embassy was cited as saying earlier.