Six killed in China colliery blast

Beijing, April 1 (IANS) At least six people were killed and 11 others reported missing Monday after a gas explosion at a state-owned coal mine in northeast China, three days after a similar blast killed 28 miners at the same site.

The explosion occurred at the Babao mine in Baishan city in Jilin province, Xinhua cited a spokesman with the provincial government as saying.

Rescue work is under way, and the cause of the accident is being investigated.

On Friday, a gas blast hit the coal mine, killing 28 miners and injuring 13 others.

The mine is state-owned.

Initial investigations showed that a safety team consisting of 41 technical workers was sent underground to repair a reported gas leak when the accident happened Friday, an official said.

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