At least 2 miners killed in Russian mine incident

June 25, 2007 22:34

At least two miners were killed in an incident at a coal mine in northern Russia, news agencies reported Monday. ITAR-Tass, citing emergency officials, said a "popping sound" was reported around 9 p.m. (1700 GMT) in the Komsomolskaya mine near Arctic Circle city of Vorkuta, followed by a power outage. RIA-Novosti said a sudden burst of gas was reported. At least 10 miners were underground at the time of the incident, ITAR-Tass and Interfax reported. Two were confirmed dead according to mine officials, and the fate of eight others was unclear. Emergency officials could not be immediately reached for comment; no one answered the phone at mine operator OAO Vorkutaugol late Monday.

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