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July 22: An Indian worker was killed and six of his compatriots injured in a fire at Saudi Arabia's Ras Tanura oil terminal, which also left two Filipinos and a Sri Lankan dead.

"The accident occurred at about 9.30 am local time (yesterday) while some maintenance work was going on," according to a statement issued by the state oil giant 'Saudi Aramco'.

It said the incident killed an Indian, a Sri Lankan and two Filipinos employed by a contractor.

Twelve others — six Indians, four Sri Lankans, a Bangladeshi and a Saudi official from Aramco — were also injured in the fire, the statement said.

However, the fire at the North Product Terminal did not affect production and loading work, Aramco said, adding it was brought under control within an hour.

A committee has been set up to investigate the cause of the fire, it said.


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