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Abadan is a town located near Aşgabat in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. It was founded in 1963. It was named Büzmeýin (Russian: Бюзмейн) until October 2002 when its name was changed by Turkmenistan's president Saparmurat Niyazov. The traditional Russian name of the town is Bezmein (Безмейн). The town's current mayor, Orazmyrat Garajaýew, was one of the approved candidates for the 2007 presidential election. There are about 50,000 people living in Abadan. There is a power plant where the former president of Turkmenistan Saparmyrat Niyazov used to work.
The town is served by a station on the national railway system.
2011 arms depot explosion
On 7 July 2011, beginning around 16:45 local time, massive blasts occurred in Abadan. According to government officials, they occurred at a fireworks warehouse, killing 2 military men and 13 civilians. Opposition groups, however, claim it was in fact a Soviet-era arms depot that caused the explosions, with a death toll above 1,300 people.
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