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11 killed in China coal mine gas blast

Eleven people were killed in a gas blast at a coal mine in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, local authorities said.

world Updated: Oct 19, 2011 09:10 IST

Eleven people were killed in a gas blast at a coal mine in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, local authorities said.

Altogether 21 miners were working underground when the blast happened around 11:30 a.m. at the Tianyu Coal Mine in Tongchuan City, and 10 managed to escape, a spokesman with the city government said, reported Xinhua.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the blast, he said.

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