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17 killed in Afghanistan coal mine explosion

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 7:23pm IST | Agency: IANS

At least 17 people were killed and several trapped following a blast in a coal mine in the northern Afghan province of Samangan Wednesday, a provincial government spokesman said.

"A powerful blast occurred in a coal mine in Dahan-e-Tor area at around 11.30 a.m., 17 bodies were retrieved. Rescue operation is under way as at least 13 people were trapped under the debris there," Latfullah Azizi, a provincial government spokesman, told Xinhua.

The number of casualties may go up, he added.

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