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5 Dead in Russian Missile Test Explosion

The explosion occurred at a military shooting range in Nyonoksa in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region

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    5 Dead in Russian Missile Test Explosion
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    In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, the first flight of Russia's Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik [Hunter] is seen. It is a heavy unmanned combat aerial vehicle designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation.

    Russia's nuclear agency says five of its employees were killed when a rocket engine exploded during a test at a far-northern military base.

    Soon after Thursday's explosion, the Russian Defense Ministry said two people died and four were injured, including servicemen and civilian engineers. It was not immediately clear if the five fatalities cited in a Saturday statement by Rosatom were all in addition to the previously reported deaths.

    The explosion occurred at a military shooting range in Nyonoksa in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region. Nyonoksa hosts a navy facility that serves as a base for testing intercontinental ballistic missiles intended for nuclear submarines.