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Container ship evacuated after explosion off Colombo

An explosion on a ship anchored near Sri Lanka’s capital, on which a fire had been burning for several days, has prompted the crew’s evacuation, officials said. The container vessel MV X-Press Pearl was anchored about nine-and-a-half nautical miles north-west of Colombo and waiting to enter its port when the fire erupted four days ago, the Sri Lankan navy said.

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