Saturday, June 24, 2017

Eight killed, five missing in Colombia coal mine blast

An explosion at an illegal coal mine in central Colombia killed at least eight people, as rescuers scrambled to find five others still missing, authorities said Saturday, updating earlier figures.

The blast Friday occurred at a coal mine in the town of Cucunuba in Cundinamarca state, some 90 kilometers north of Bogota.

One person was injured in the explosion, authorities said.

Earlier reports listed two dead and 11 miners missing in the disaster.

A rescue crew of 35 miners and seven engineers has been working "around-the-clock" in a frantic search for the missing, the National Mining Agency (NMA) reported...

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