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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

Technician killed in Pakistan nuclear facility blast

[b]Technician killed in Pakistan nuclear facility blast [/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

[b]Islamabad, 09 February, ([/b] A technician was killed in an explosion at the top Pakistani nuclear research facility near the Pakistani capital Islamabad, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Tuesday's blast at the Khan Research Laboratory (KRL) involved only conventional explosives and not nuclear material, Major General Shaukat Sultan said.

"The technician was handling normal, conventional material," Sultan said. "It was an accident and the cause of the explosion is being looked into."

KRL, founded by A.Q. Khan in the 1970s, played a key role in uranium enrichment leading to Pakistan's nuclear weapon tests in May 1998, which were in reaction to similar detonations by rival India.

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