At least 3 dead in offshore explosion near Brazil

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At least three people are dead and 10 others injured after an explosion on an offshore oil and natural gas platform operated by Petrobras off the coast of Brazil. Officials say the death toll is

At least 3 dead in offshore explosion near Brazil

At least three people are dead and 10 others injured after an explosion on an offshore oil and natural gas platform operated by Petrobras off the coast of Brazil.

Officials say the death toll is likely to rise with six workers still unaccounted for.

The injured were flown by helicopter to the airport in nearby Vitoria just north of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The blast was caused by a gas leak, officials said. The fire was quickly contained and no oil leaked into the ocean.

The incident could put the state run Petrobras, already struggling with corruption scandals and safety concerns, under additional pressure.

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