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Coal mine blast kill six in China

At least six people were killed in a coal mine explosion in central China.

world Updated: Dec 18, 2012 09:35 IST

At least six people were killed in a coal mine explosion in central China.

The blast occurred around 3 pm on Monday at Niulanchu Coal Mine in Hunan Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Six miners died on the spot and one was injured seriously and sent to a local hospital.

Rescuers are still searching for one more miner who went missing after the blast, authorities said.

An initial investigation showed that mal-operations was to blame for the blast.

Further investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.