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3 More Kursk Victims Identified

December 10, 2001

MOSCOW (AP) _ Investigators have identified the remains of three more victims of the explosion on the Kursk nuclear submarine, a Northern Fleet official said Monday.

The bodies of Lt. Cmdr. Andrei Silogava, Cmdr. Dmitry Dudko and Cmdr. Yury Sablin were identified in a military hospital in the port of Severomorsk, said Pavel Volodinsky, acting prosecutor for the fleet.

In all, 118 sailors died when explosions ripped through the Kursk and sent it to the bed of the Barents Sea during military maneuvers in August 2000. Investigators have recovered 78 bodies so far, and have identified the remains of 75.

The Kursk was raised in October and hauled to a dry dock.

Russian officials say an explosion of a practice torpedo detonated weapons in the bow, but have not determined what caused the initial blast.

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