17 dead, 75 injured China coal mine blast

News agencies are reporting Saturday that the death toll from a coal mine explosion in northern China has risen to 17 with dozens of others injured. The blast occured at the Liugou coal mine in Linfen city in the northern province of Shanxi. After an initial investigation showed that the blast was caused by explosives hidden in a dormitory area police arrested a suspect. According to the report rescue work is still underway at the mine. China’s mining safety record has been questioned in the past with 2,631 people dying in coal-mine accidents nationwide during 2009. The figures were released by the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety.


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