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41 killed in China mine blast

URUMQI (CHINA): Fortyone miners were confirmed dead and 42 others remained missing in a coal mine gas blast that took place in the early hours of Monday in the northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Reports said four of the trapped miners survived the explosion which happened around 2:30 a.m. in the Shenlong Coal Mine of Fukang County when 87 miners were working beneath the shaft, said Wang Yongzhu, deputy-director of the Xinjiang Coal Mine Safety Supervision Administration. (A Beijing dated AFP report says at least 63 miners died and 38 others are missing after three accidents in China's coal mine industry. It quoted a man at the mine in the Xinjiang region as saying, ``At 8 am, rescuers entered the mine to find the missing miners. There are 20 rescuers in the shaft right now, but the situation is unclear. We don't know what the situation is like down there." — Xinhua

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