At least three coal miners were killed on Monday after inhaling poisonous gas in a coal mine in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan province.
Provincial sources said that the incident took place in the Chenarak coal mine after the workers started breathing harmful and toxic gasses.
Chenarak coal mine is located in the foothills of the mountains in the Tala-wa-Barfak district and dozens of miners were working in the site.
The accident was the second coal mine disaster in Baghlan this year, after 10 miners were trapped and killed after the Chenarak coal mine collapsed in early February due to heavy rains.
In another incident in late May, two miners were killed in a similar incident of inhaling poisonous gas in the Dara-e-Sauf coal mine in the northern Samangan province.
The increasing number of coal mine accidents raises concerns about safety measures at mining operations across Afghanistan, especially in the Northern provinces, where mining is mostly illegal and without safety measures.
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