Moscow (dpa) – Two people were killed and six others injured when a jet engine exploded at a Russian military facility near the north-western port city of Arkhangelsk.

The explosion occurred during a test of the liquid-propellant engine, Russia’s Defence Ministry said in a statement carried by state media on Thursday.

“At least six victims of a military site explosion in northern Russia have allegedly been taken to Moscow with radiation exposure, according to unconfirmed media reports published a day after the mysterious blast,” Moscow Times reported.

“Authorities in a nearby city reported a brief spike in radiation Thursday when a rocket engine blew up at the testing site in the Arkhangelsk region, killing two and injuring six.”

“According to several Russian Defense Ministry sources, all the clothes of those who were wounded have already been burned,” it reported Friday.

“The same has been done with the hazmat suits and clothes of the doctors who first helped the victims.”

Several ambulances were spotted wrapped in film and drivers wearing hazmat suits.

Earlier this week a fire and series of explosions at a Russian military depot in Siberia killed at least one person and injured several others.

Federal investigators believe that incident was caused by the mishandling of munitions.

Popular Military contributed to this report

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