35 miners killed in Iran mine explosion
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An explosion in a coalmine in northern Iran killed at least 35 workers and injured scores more. The blast occurred in the Zemestanyurt mine on Wednesday afternoon when workers tried to jump-start a locomotive.
Ali Rabiei, minister of co-operatives, labour and social welfare was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency that 35 miners have died in the incident.
The Fars news agency reported earlier that more than 50 workers were trapped in a 2km-long tunnel filled with gas that hampered rescue efforts.