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QUETTA: At least sixteen miners were killed and nine others were wounded Saturday when a coal mine collapsed due to a gas explosion near Quetta, officials said.
The accident occurred in Marwaarh, 45 kilometres (28 miles) east of Quetta.
“The roof caved in following an explosion triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners and wounding nine others, two of them seriously”, Jawaid Shahwani, the top government official in Quetta, told AFP.
Shahwani said 25 workers were inside the mine when the explosion occurred, adding that all the injured miners had been rescued and taken to hospital.
“We are trying our best to recover bodies but it will take time as most of the bodies are buried very deep”, he said.
Back in 2011, at least 43 workers were killed when explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in Balochistan.