5 coalminers suffocated to death
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five coalminers died of gas suffocation inside a coalmine in the Dara-i-Suf Bala district of northern Samangan province on Tuesday, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said in a statement.
The incident took place early in the morning in the Shabashak locality. Officials of the department of mines rescued four people from the tunnel, the statement said.
It added the tunnel was closed down by officials due to illegal excavation of coal. Individuals who lost their lives were excavating the coal illegally.
Last year, as many as 28 miners died in similar incident in Smangan. The ministry said it had launched identification of tunnels where the coal was illegally excavated and it had banned some of them.
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