Coal mine blast kills 13 in north China

Updated: 2007-06-04 22:58

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.

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