Colliery gas blast kills 28 in NE China

Updated: 2013-03-30 09:25


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CHANGCHUN - Twenty-eight people were confirmed dead in a coal-mine gas blast late Friday in Northeast China's Jilin province, authorities said Saturday.

Thirteen others were rescued after the accident happened around 10:40 pm at Babao Coal Mine in Jiangyuan district in the city of Baishan, said a spokesman with the provincial work safety and supervision bureau.

Rescue work has been finished, and the cause of the accident is under investigation, said the spokesman.

The mine is a state-owned colliery under the Tonghua Mining (Group) Co, Ltd.