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In pictures: Iran train blast
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The train had been travelling in Iran's Khorasan province in the early hours of Wednesday morning when it derailed, caught fire and then exploded, killing up to 295 people.
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The train's cargo of sulphur, petrol, fertilisers and cotton wool proved a lethal combination - the blast may have been caused by fumes.
Iranian firefighter trains hose on wreckage
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The blast happened just as firefighters had almost quenched the fire - it is feared many of them are among the dead.
Firemen carry a victim away from the burning debris
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Firefighters and rescue teams rushed in to carry the victims away to safety.
Injured Iranians sit at the site of the blast
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...some of the injured were left completely disoriented.
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Some reports suggested that earth tremors had caused the train wagons to come loose or jump the tracks.
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The blast also caused devastation in nearby villages - its sheer force shattered windows more than 10km (six miles) away.
Train wreck blazes by damaged Iranian homes
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Iranian media said dozens of families remained buried in the rubble of their homes...
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... and scores of senior local officials and politicians are also thought to have perished in the disaster.





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