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Mine explosion kills six, injures two in Kazakhstan

08 November 2021

An explosion at a coal mine in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region killed six people on November 7. The incident happened at the Abai coal mine, operated by ArcelorMittal Temirtau.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

A total of 64 workers were inside the mine when the explosion occurred at around 08:30 local time. Six people died at the scene while two others were treated for injuries, Kazakhstan’s Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry said that the incident was likely a methane explosion and that all production at the mine has been stopped. An investigation commission headed by Minister of Emergency Situations Yuri Ilyin visited the scene and has begun looking into the causes behind the blast.

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