18 killed in China mine accident

Beijing, Nov 24: As many as 18 miners were killed and five others remained trapped at a coal mine in China Saturday after a gas and coal outburst.

The accident occurred in the morning in Guizhou province, leaving a total of 28 miners trapped in the collapsed mine. At least five of the trapped miners were rescued till late evening, reported Xinhua citing local officials.

The mine, operated by Pannan Coal Exploitation Co. Ltd., is located in Panxian county of the coal−rich Liupanshui City. It went into operation in 2006 with an initial output of 4 million tonnes a year.

IANS