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14 dead in blast on board Russian Navy submarine

A blast on board a Russian navy submarine has killed 14 crew members.

The seamen were poisoned by fumes when the vessel caught fire while taking biometric measurements yesterday, the defence ministry said.

An investigation is underway into the incident on board the vessel, which was based out of the Northern Fleet main port of Severomorsk in Murmansk.

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The deep-sea research vessel was carrying out a military survey in Russian territorial waters.

In August 2000, the Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kursk sank to the floor of Barents Sea after two explosions in its bow, killing all 118 men aboard. (TheSun.co.uk)