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Seventeen killed in Chinese coal mine blast

08 July 2014

A gas explosion on July 5 inside the No.1 pit mine of Dahuangshan Yuxin Coal Mining, 120 km from Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang, trapped 20 miners according to Xinhua. On July 7, three of the miners were reported rescued and the remaining 17 deceased.

The company is owned by the sixth agriculture division of the Xinjiang Construction Corps, a paramilitary organisation. 

China has the world's deadliest mines, although the safety record has improved as regulators strengthen enforcement of safety rules.

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