17 killed in Turkey coal mine blast

February 24th, 2010 - 5:32 am ICT by IANS  

Ankara, Feb 24 (IANS) Seventeen people were killed in a gas explosion in a coal mine in northwest Turkey, Xinhua reported quoting Turkish news agency Anatolia.
The incident occurred Tuesday when a methane gas explosion ripped through the mine in Baliksir province, killing 11 miners and an engineer on the spot, Governor Yilmaz Arslan said.

“Five miners lost their lives after being taken to hospital with severe burns, bringing the death toll to 17,” Arslan was quoted as saying.

In December, 19 workers were killed when a coal mine in northwest Bursa province caved in after the workers set off some dynamite.

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