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BEIJING - A gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in Northeast China's Liaoning province Thursday, killing at least five people and trapping 17 others, the national work safety watchdog said.
A total of 23 miners were working underground at the Dahuang No 2 Coal Mine in Liaoyang city when the accident happened at noon, the State Administration of Work Safety announced in a statement.
One of them has managed to escape, and rescuers are struggling to the search for the trapped people, it said.
No further details were provided.