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Eight killed in Pakistan mining incident

23 February 2015

At least eight miners were killed in an explosion in a private coal mine in the Dukki area of Loralai district, about 225km northwest of Quetta, officials said on February 20. The incident took place the previous day at a depth of about 2,300 feet and involved a powerful explosion caused by methane gas, according to local sources quoted by Dawn.

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Some miners became trapped when a portion of the mine caved in and blocked the exit. Official rescue teams and a mines inspector finally reached the trapped men despite fire and gas hazards, but found them dead. Some of the rescuers were rendered unconscious after inhaling methane, and one of them died. The others were taken to hospital.

All the victims are from Swat and their bodies were sent there after legal formalities.

The mine has been closed and the chief inspector of mines has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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