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Nikkei falls 5 pct to 3-yr low, Lehman failure bites

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TOKYO, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The Nikkei average slid 5 percent to a three-year low on Tuesday as investors dumped shares after the collapse of Lehman Brothers fuelled fears about the U.S. financial system and hit stock markets worldwide.

The Nikkei average shed 605.04 points to end at 11,609.72, its lowest close since July 2005.

The broader Topix .TOPX lost 5.1 percent to 1,117.57. (Reporting by Aiko Hayashi)

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