Up to 10 dead in Iran gas pipeline blast

Up to 10 people are feared dead from a gas pipeline blast near Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad and another 16 have suffered burns.
"Around nine or 10 people have been reported dead and some 16 of the people working there have been taken to hospital in Mashhad, out of whom six were treated as outpatients," the Fars news agency quoted Alireza Gharibi, managing director of the state-run Iran Gas Engineering and Development Company, as saying on Saturday.
Officials said Friday's explosion occurred when a mechanical shovel struck a pipeline carrying gas from Khangiran refinery near Turkmenistan border to the Iranian holy city of Mashhad.

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