17 dead in China mine blast

17 dead in China mine blast

A coal mine explosion in northern China has killed 17 people and trapped another 19.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the 17 were confirmed dead after Saturday's explosion at a coal mine run by the Baoma Mining Co Ltd in Mongolia.

Another 100 workers managed to escape when the midday blast occurred at the mine in the city of Chifeng, said state news agency, the China News Service.

Reports said the local government has launched search and rescue operations.

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