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Two killed in fire at India nuclear research centre

India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
The centre is one of India's most important nuclear sites

A fire at an Indian nuclear research facility has killed two people.

But a spokesman for the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, on the outskirts of Mumbai, said that the accident had not led to any leakage of radiation.

He said the blaze, which broke out in a laboratory, was brought under control within 45 minutes.

Indian police officials told news agencies that the charred bodies of two research students were found on the third floor of the laboratory.

The centre has a number of nuclear research reactors and is one of India's key research centres for both nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

It was founded in 1954 and named after one of the country's leading scientists, Homi J Bhabha.



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