Eighteen miners feared trapped after Russian pit blast

By REUTERS
February 11, 2013 09:42

 
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MOSCOW - Eighteen miners were feared trapped under rubble after an explosion on Monday in a coal mine in the Komi region of northern Russia, the Emergencies Ministry said.

The blast at 10:28 a.m. local time (0628 GMT) caused the mine to collapse on a team of 22 people, four of whom escaped, the ministry said in a statement. Paramilitary rescue units were working to free the remaining victims.

The mine belongs to a division of Severstal, one of Russia's largest steel producers.

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