A blast in a coal mine in Balochistan southwest of Pakistan has killed six miners, authorities said on Friday.
Officials from the Directorate of Mines said that eight miners were trapped underground when the explosion occurred due to accumulated methane gas.
“Six bodies have been retrieved by the rescue team from the affected mine this morning,” an official told Reuters.
Authorities also said that the mine has now been closed for an investigation.
The mining industry in the country have often disregarded safety measures resulting to injuries and deaths.
Mines in Balochistan have caused deadly methane gas explosions over the years, while armed separatist militants also target miners in the area.
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