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Two submariners have been killed in a fire aboard a nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea belonging to Russia's northern fleet, but the incident posed no risk of radioactive contamination, Russian news agencies said on Thursday.
“The fire was extinguished around midnight."The submarine's nuclear energy protection apparatus was activated. There is no kind of nuclear contamination threat," the unnamed press officer said.

The submarine, the Daniil Moskovsky, was on the surface of the sea North of the Rybachy Peninsula in the Barents sea at the time of the fire late on Thursday night.

"The fire broke out due to a short-circuit in the energy supply system in one of the nose sections," according to a fleet spokesman quoted by Itar-Tass news agency.

Following the incident, the submarine was being towed to Vidyayevo, near the northern fleet's headquarters at Severomorsk, the officer said.

Russia's submarine fleet has experienced numerous such incidents since the Soviet Union's 1991 collapse, most notably the sinking of the Kursk in the Barents Sea in August 2000 with the loss of all 118 on board.

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