Coal mine blast kills nine in Pakistan

Islamabad: An underground explosion in a coal mine in Pakistan’s south-western Balochistan province killed nine people, a media report said Sunday. The blast ripped through a gas-filled mine Saturday at the Marwar coalfield, located 80 km from the provincial capital, Quetta. Rescuers recovered the bodies after a search operation that continued through Saturday night, local official Farooq Ahmad was quoted as saying by the Geo News television channel. A similar methane gas explosion in a coal mine elsewhere in the mineral-rich province left 14 miners dead and 11 injured in March 2009.

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