Chinese blast kills 15

AN explosion at a coal mine in southern China has killed 15 people.

Staff Reporter

The blast took place at the Zhongxing Colliery in Qinglong County, Guizhou province.

Eight of the 41 miners working underground at the time of the explosion were killed instantly, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Seven other miners were trapped inside the mine shaft but were assumed dead after 20 hours of attempted rescue operations.

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