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21 miners dead after explosion in Chinese mine

Beijing - All 21 miners trapped after a gas explosion at a pit in north-west China are dead, official media reports said Saturday.

Thirteen miners survived the explosion that ripped through a shaft at the Baiyanggou coal mine in Xinjiang’s Hutubi county around 1:30 am on Friday (1730 GMT Thursday) as 34 miners were working.

Several thousand Chinese miners die each year in accidents frequently caused by poor safety practices and equipment.//DPA

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