Wednesday, May 03, 2017

At least two dead in Iranian coal mine explosion

At least two miners died and up to 80 others were trapped Wednesday after an explosion at a coal mine, local officials said.

Officials from the northern Iranian province of Golestan said there were 500 miners employed at the Azadshahr coal mine at the time of the incidence. According to the semiofficial Fars News Agency, at least two miners are dead, "scores" have been injured and more than 80 others are trapped.

Emergency management officials said about two dozen first responders entered the mine on a search and rescue mission. The blast was described in various Iranian media outlets as "huge" and "highly serious."

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