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Five Bosnian Miners Dead In Coal Pit Disaster

  • RFE/RL's Balkan Service

A trade union official says five coal miners have died after being trapped in a pit in Bosnia-Herzegovina following an earthquake.

The chairman of Bosnian Miners' Trade Unions, Sinan Husic, told RFE/RL that five miners had died and that all 29 others who had been trapped were rescued on September 5.

The mine's manager, Esad Civic, said the rescue effort had been "halted" as rescuers had not been able to reach the remaining five men.

The 34 miners had been trapped 500 meters underground after a 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the central Bosnian town of Zenica on September 4.

With reporting by AP

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