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Dozens dead in China factory blast

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An explosion at a factory in eastern China early on Saturday (September 2) has killed at least 65 people and injured more than 100 others according to state media.

The blast sparked scenes of devastation in the city of Kunshan in Jiangsu province.

Images on China Central Television (CCTV) showed large plumes of black smoke billowing from a white low-rise building. Other images online showed the injured, many of whom appeared badly burnt, lying on wooden pallets and being stretchered onto trucks, public buses and ambulances.

The owners of the plant reportedly manufacture car parts, with clients including US firm General Motors. The blast is said to have ripped through a workshop where wheel hubs are polished.

Chinese media says more than 200 people were inside the factory at the time of the explosion and that rescue efforts are ongoing.