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Colombian explosion kills miners

28 September 2011

It has been reported that the death toll from an explosion at a coal mine in northern Colombia, believed to have been caused by an accumulation of methane gas, has risen to seven. Colombia’s mining regulator Ingeominas had previously put the death toll at the El Diamante mine in the department of Boyaca, near Bogota, at three.

The death toll from an explosion at a coal mine in northern Colombia, believed to have been caused by an accumulation of methane gas, has risen to seven. Image courtesy of Updated News
The death toll from an explosion at a coal mine in northern Colombia, believed to have been caused by an accumulation of methane gas, has risen to seven. Image courtesy of Updated News

Emergency personnel subsequently retrieved the bodies of four more miners who had been trapped under the rubble, according to Ingeominas.

Fabian Morales, the head of rescue operations at Ingeominas, has commented that the rescue team has been unable to determine how many other miners had been trapped by the explosion.

President Juan Manuel Santos is reportedly attempting to expand mining as a pillar of Colombia’s economic growth.


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