Indian defence minister says lives lost in submarine blast

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's defence minister said on Wednesday there were fatalities when a diesel-powered submarine exploded and sank at a dock in Mumbai.

"I feel sad about those navy personnel who have lost their lives in service of the country," Mr A K Antony told reporters in New Delhi.

The minister did not say how many people were killed in the explosion and fire that occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.