Coal mine accident in northern China kills 28
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BEIJING, Jul. 18, 2010 (Kyodo News International) -- A fire in a coal mine in northern China killed 28 miners on Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

The fire at the Xiaonangou coal mine at Sangshuping town in Shaanxi Province broke out around 8:10 p.m. when an underground electrical cable caught fire, killing all 28 miners who were working in the shaft, the provincial government said in a statement, according to Xinhua.

The owner of the mine has been detained by police, Xinhua said.

Rescuers retrieved the remains of five miners as of 6:30 a.m. Sunday, said the statement, adding that the locations of the other 23 bodies have also been determined.

China's coal mines are among the most dangerous work sites in the country, with mine accidents claiming 2,631 lives in 2009, according to figures by the administration.

 

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