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At Least 13 Dead In Russian Mine Blast


http://gdb.rferl.org/F147B3D0-E55D-4619-8C32-4B6929F821D7_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/F147B3D0-E55D-4619-8C32-4B6929F821D7_mw800_mh600.jpg 28 October 2004 -- Russia's Emergencies Ministry says at least 13 miners were killed and another 23 were injured in an explosion today in a coal mine in Siberia.

A ministry spokesman says there were 240 people underground at the time of the blast at the Listvyanino mine in the Kemerovo region. It was n-o-t immediately clear what is their situation.

Authorities say nine teams of rescuers are at the site. Officials say the blast was apparently caused by a build-up of methane in the mine.

(Reuters/AFP/ITAR-TASS)
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