TAIYUAN - Thirteen miners
have been confirmed dead after a gas blast in a coal mine in north China's
Shanxi Province, local government sources said on Monday.
The explosion occurred at 7:10 pm on Sunday in the Niheling coal mine in
Jingle County, said a spokesman of the Jingle county government.
An initial investigation showed 13 workers were killed in the accident, the
spokesman said. The mine was a licensed one.
Rescue efforts ended on Monday afternoon. Three mine managers and a work
safety supervision official have been detained by the police.
The cause of the blast is still being investigated.