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6 killed in repeat Jilin colliery blast


18:49, April 01, 2013

CHANGCHUN, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Another coal-mine gas explosion left six people dead and 11 missing in northeast China's Jilin Province on Monday, three days after a similar blast killed 28 miners at the same site.

The latest incident happened around 10 a.m. at the Babao Coal Mine in Jiangyuan District in the city of Baishan, said a spokesman with the provincial government.

Rescue work is under way, and the cause of the accident is being investigated, according to the spokesman.

On Friday, a gas blast hit the Babao Coal Mine around 10:40 p.m., killing 28 and injuring 13 others.

The mine is a state-owned colliery under the Tonghua Mining (Group) Co., Ltd.

Initial investigations showed that a safety team consisting of 41 technical workers was sent underground to repair a reported gas leak when the accident happened on Friday, said Zhang Yuhong, deputy general manager of the group.

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