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

The tanker exploded last Tuesday.

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

The Zhejiang Work Safety Supervision Bureau said in a statement all of the victims were Chinese.

An investigation is under way but no cause has been identified.

The tanker had a load capacity of 50,000 tonnes, Xinhua said.

It was unloaded when the fire and explosion happened, the report said.