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Coal mine blast kills 18 in Jilin

By Ding Luyang in Changchun and Wang Xiaodong in Beijing ( China Daily ) Updated: 2013-04-22 07:23:04

An explosion in a coal mine killed 18 people and injured 12 others in Jilin province on Saturday when the mine operators defied a government order of suspending the work for inspections.

The blast occurred at 1:26 pm on Saturday in the Qingxing coal mine in Helong.

Seventy-three people were working underground, and 55 of them were lifted to safety.

Coal mine blast kills 18 in Jilin

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