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At least 5 killed in Mitsubishi plant explosion in central Japan: Police

Published on Jan 9, 2014 3:22 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - An explosion at a chemical factory in Japan killed at least five people and injured a dozen more on Thursday, the police said.

The blast happened in the early afternoon at the plant in Yokkaichi, central Japan, when maintenance crews were working on a heat exchanger used in the production of silicon products, a plant spokesman told AFP.

Initial reports put the death toll at two, but they were quickly revised upwards.

"Five people are dead. 12 people have been injured, of whom nine sustained only minor injuries," said a spokesman at Mie prefectural police.

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