27 Dead in China Mine Blast

The AP reports:

Twenty seven workers have been found dead while seven remain trapped after an explosion at a mine in northern China, state media said Saturday.

Some 100 rescuers have been searching for the workers since the blast at the mine in province, one of China’s main coal-producing areas, on Friday morning, Xinhua news agency said.

Twenty seven bodies have since been found while efforts to find the seven others still missing were ongoing, the agency said.

Fifteen workers managed to escape by themselves after the explosion at the mine in Xiaoyi city, and nine were pulled out alive by rescuers, it said.

See also a report from BBC News.

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