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Three killed in Kosovo Power Plant Explosion

At least three people have been killed in a suspected gas explosion at a major power plant outside the Kosovo capital Pristina today.

Many others are reported to have been injured in the blast.

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“Until now we have three confirmed dead and many injured,” Derat Rukiqi, the chairman of plant’s management board said.

The head of Pristina’s emergency centre Basri Lenanji said 13 people had been taken their with injuries.

Ambulances were seen speeding to and from the blast site, which was sealed off by police.

Mr Rukiqi said the blast, heard in Pristina ten kilometres away, was believed to have been caused by gas.

Thick black smoke could be seen above the plant, Kosovo A, the second largest power station in the country with capacity of 449 MW.

The European Union has described the plant as the worst single source of pollution in Kosovo.

It is expected to be closed by 2017.

Update

Economy Minister Fadil Ismajli, whose ministry covers the energy sector, told Reuters that the 345 Megawatt (MW) Kosovo A had been shut down.

He said the accident occurred when a hydrogen tank exploded in a separate part of the power station from the electricity generators.

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