An Indian oil tanker undergoing repairs in an eastern China shipyard caught fire and exploded on Tuesday morning, killing seven Chinese workers, the State-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The tanker exploded when seven workers were carrying out repairs at the Haizhou shipyard in Zhoushan, a city in the eastern Zhejiang province.

Victims are Chinese

A spokesperson at the Zhejiang Work Safety Supervision Bureau said the cause of the accident was still being investigated. All the victims of the blast were Chinese, the spokesperson told Xinhua.

It was unclear whether there were Indian workers present at the shipyard when the blast occurred early on Tuesday morning.

The tanker, which has a load capacity of 50,000 tonnes, had been unloaded before the reported accident took place, Xinhua reported. Indian officials said they were seeking more details about the accident from provincial port authorities.

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