1 worker killed , 4 injured in Vietnam drug factory explosion

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An explosion at a pharmaceutical company in Ho Chi Minh City Monday killed one worker and seriously injured four others.

The blast occurred in the drug manufacturing plant on the second floor of SPM Joint Stock Company at the Tan Tao Industrial Zone at around 8:30 am.

Ngo Ut, the 31-year-old chief of the medicine-making team, died on the spot. 

Two men workers, Le Ba Hiep, 40, and Bui Van Thanh, 35, and two women, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong and Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, both 26, were badly injured.

According to witnesses, many workers fled when they heard the explosion.

But a few approached the plant and found the five in pools of blood .

The injured are being treated at hospital and the police are investigating.

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