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NE China mine company manager detained over fatal blast


14:26, April 02, 2013

Photo taken on April 1, 2013 shows the Babao Coal Mine in Jiangyuan District in the city of Baishan, northeast China's Jilin Province. Another coal-mine gas explosion left six people dead and 11 missing in the coal mine on Monday, three days after a similar blast killed 28 miners at the same site. (Xinhua/Zhang Nan)

CHANGCHUN, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The deputy manager of a mining company in northeast China's Jilin Province has been taken into custody in relation to a Monday coal mine explosion that killed six people, the company said Tuesday.

Wang Shengyu, deputy manager of Tonghua Mining (Group) Co., Ltd., has been detained by local police, the company said.

The explosion happened around 10 a.m. Monday at the Babao Coal Mine in the city of Baishan.

A mine operator saw smoke coming out of the mine at 8 a.m. Monday and reported it to a principal, who arranged for 21 miners to go into the mine in a rescue operation without asking for instructions or permission first, according to a preliminary investigation.

The explosion killed six people and injured four others. Another 11 people remain missing.

The explosion followed a similar blast that hit the same mine around 10:40 p.m. last Friday, killing 28 people and injuring 13 others.

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