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4 Indians killed in refinery explosion in Kuwait

world Updated: Oct 04, 2011 12:25 IST

Four Indian workers have been killed in an explosion in Kuwait's largest refinery of Mina al Ahmadi.

The four workers who died on Saturday in the explosion were all Indians hailing from Tamil Nadu, the Indian Embassy in Kuwait said on Monday.

The victims have been identified as Rajaram Lakshmaiah Reddy, Lognathan Ponnaiah Senthivel, Janakiraman Arjunan and Sivachandran Shanmugam.

The workers were killed and two other employees injured in the explosion that took place at the Gas Liquefaction Plant at the refinery during maintenance works, Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC) said in a statement.

The Embassy said its officials were in contact with the employer of the deceased for completing the necessary formalities for airlifting their mortal remains to India.

Reports suggest the explosion was caused by a gas leak. The refinery is said to be continuing its operations as usual.

Mina al Ahmadi is the largest of three refineries in Kuwait with a refining capacity of over 460,000 barrels per day.