Islamabad: Nine people were killed and four others were injured in a coal mine blast in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police said on Thursday.
As many as 13 workers were present inside the Dolli coal mine in the Orakzai tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the time of explosion on Wednesday; nine bodies had been recovered, district police officer Nazir Khan said.
The remaining four miners were rescued from the rubble who had suffered critical injuries, he said, adding that the explosion occurred when the workers were working inside the coal mine.
The injured have been shifted to the KDA district headquarters hospital.
According to initial reports, the blast occurred because of a methane gas eruption inside the mine, reports Express Tribune.
A team of officials from the government’s mineral development department inspected the site and ascertained the cause of the explosion as gas sparks inside the mine.
Coal deposits are found in the northwestern Orakzai district on the Afghan border and accidents are common, mainly due to gas build-ups in the mines.
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