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17 miners killed in coal mine blast in China

The cause of the accident is under investigation, the report said.

The explosion took place on Saturday when 20 people were working inside a pit. (Source: AP photo)
The explosion took place on Saturday when 20 people were working inside a pit. (Source: AP photo)

Seventeen miners, who were trapped after a blast in a coal mine in China’s Xinjiang province, have died, rescuers said on Monday.

The explosion took place on Saturday when 20 people were working inside a pit mined by Dahuangshan Yuxin Coal Mining Co. Ltd, 120 km from the regional capital of Urumqi.

While three of them were rescued, the others were trapped underground, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The company is owned by the sixth agriculture division of the Xinjiang Construction Corps, a paramilitary organisation.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, the report said.