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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blast traps at least 30 in Colombian coal mine

FOUR miners were killed and 13 trapped after an explosion in a coal mine in northeastern Colombia, the mayor of the town of Sardinata said today.
Another six persons were injured and taken to hospital, according to Mayor Yamile Rangel, who had originally said 30 miners were trapped.
"Officially we have four persons dead and six injured," she said. "There are 13 still trapped in the mine."
The explosion was apparently caused by an accumulation of methane gas, Ms Rangel said.
Six miners were killed and two others injured in a similar accident in the same mine in October 2010.

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