52 killed in Siberia coal mine explosion

A devastating explosion in a Siberian coal mine Thursday left 52 miners and rescuers dead about 250 metres (820 feet) underground, Russian officials said.Hours after a methane gas explosion and fire filled the mine with toxic fumes, rescuers found 14 bodies but then were forced to halt the search for 38 others because of a build-up of methane and carbon monoxide gas from the fire. Another 239 people were rescued.The state Tass and RIA-Novosti news agencies cited emergency officials as saying…


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