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    Nine dead in China mine explosion PRESS TV - Tehran,Iran February 2, 2008 Nine workers have lost their lives when a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in
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      Nine dead in China mine explosion
      PRESS TV - Tehran,Iran
      February 2, 2008

      Nine workers have lost their lives when a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in Shaanxi province northwest of the country.

      Twelve miners were at work in an underground shaft when the accident occurred at the Xiayukou Colliery in Hancheng city, Shaanxi province, on Saturday at 12:28 pm (0428 GMT), Xinhua reported.

      Five miners made their way above ground, but two later died, Xinhua said, adding that the bodies of seven others were found in the mine shaft later in the afternoon.

      An investigation into the cause of the accident was underway.

      China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal, with demand rising alongside the boom in the nation's economy.

      Nearly 3,800 lives were lost in Chinese coal mines last year, down 20 percent from the year before, the government reported last month, but independent labor groups suspect the actual death toll is higher.
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