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17 Killed, 11 Lost in Deserted Coal Mine

February 07, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Seventeen villagers were killed and 11 were missing after they entered a deserted coal shaft in northern China, authorities said.

The 28 people from Huizu, a village near the city of Jingzhong in Shanxi province, entered the shaft after a villager "claimed that it linked up with another coal mine in a neighboring village," the official New China News Agency said.

A rescue team was turned back by hot air and carbon monoxide, the agency said.

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