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Explosions Sink Indian Submarine with 18 On Board

Steve McAlister/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images(NEW DELHI) -- A series of explosions partially sank a submarine docked in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The vessel, built in Russia, contained at least 18 naval personnel at the time of the explosions, reports the New York Times. Officials are uncertain of the condition of those on board.

The vessel, the Sindhurakshak, is one of 10 Indian submarines of its class. According to the Times, India is among the largest arms buyers in the world because of its inability to produce weapons of high quality at a low cost. Much of their defense equipment comes from Russia.

Only nine of India's submarines are currently operational and about five or six operate at any given time, meaning that areas of India's coast are not adequately guarded.

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