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Bodies of all dead US miners recovered

world Updated: Apr 13, 2010 17:50 IST

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A spokeswoman for the state mine office says the bodies of all 29 West Virginia coal miners killed in an explosion last week have been recovered from the mine.

Jama Jarrett says the last bodies were taken out before dawn on Tuesday and are being sent to the state medical examiner for autopsies.

Recovery efforts had been stalled in previous days by volatile gases, but teams entered after the tunnels were ventilated. Federal investigators have begun looking into what caused the worst US coal mining disaster since 1970.