Coalmine blast kills 14 in Pakistan (Lead)

March 6th, 2009 - 1:18 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 5 (Xinhua) Fourteen people were killed and 19 injured Thursday in a powerful explosion at a coalmine in southwestern Pakistan, a media report said.
The incident took place in Sorenj area, some 20 km east of the Balochistan provincial capital of Quetta, the official Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Fourteen bodies were retrieved from the site and the rescue operation has ended, police officer Sorenj Tariq said.

The 19 injured miners were admitted to the Bolan Medical College Hospital for treatment, the report said.

Some miners died in suffocation while the rest were burnt to death after the blast, it said.

Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) owns the coalmine.

An investigation was launched into the incident.

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