Mine collapse kills more than 20 in north Afghanistan
KABUL (AFP) - A coal mine collapse has killed at least 27 miners in the north of Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday, with rescue efforts underway to save about 12 workers trapped underground.
Emergency teams rushed to the scene after the mine collapsed in a remote area of Samangan province on Saturday, and bodies were being brought out of the accident site.
“We have 27 miners who died while they were working in an underground coal mine in Abkhorak coal mine in Ruyi Du Ab district,” Mohammad Sediq Azizi, the Samangan governor’s spokesman, told AFP.
“They were working in a coal mine when part of the mine collapsed on them. We are heading to the scene for further investigation,” Azizi said, adding that 20 other miners had been injured.