28 bodies of miners found after coal mine blast in Turkey: report

14:27, May 20, 2010      

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A miner (L) stands outside the coal mine where a blast occured in Turkish Black Sea province of Zonguldak, May 17, 2010. (Xinhua/Anatolia)

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Thursday that rescuers found 28 bodies of miners who had been trapped underground after a coal mine blast in northern Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

The discovery came after nearly three days of search for some 30 trapped miners after an explosion hit the Karadon coal mine in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak on Monday.

"Efforts are under way to reach the other two trapped miners," Yildiz was quoted as saying.

Officials said rescuers had run into piles of debris underground caused by cave-in after the blast, delaying the rescue work.

Source: Xinhua


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