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46 killed in coal mine blast: state media

All 46 miners who were missing after an explosion in a central China coal mine today have been confirmed dead, state television reported

world Updated: Jun 21, 2010 12:05 IST

All 46 miners who were missing after an explosion in a central China coal mine on Monday have been confirmed dead, state television reported.

The blast occurred near Pingdingshan city in Henan province of Henan, state media reports had said, when a store of gunpowder kept underground at the Xingdong No. 2 Mine detonated at about 1:40 a.m.

Seventy-two miners had been working at the time, 26 of them were brought to safety, with the rest perishing, China Central Television said.