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Two dead, 31 trapped in Indonesia mine collapse

Published on May 15, 2013 12:50 AM

TIMIKA, Indonesia (AFP) - Two workers were killed and 31 others were trapped underground after a tunnel caved in on Tuesday at a gold and copper mine in remote eastern Indonesia, its US operator said.

The accident happened at Freeport-McMoRan's huge Grasberg mine, and was the latest in a string of problems at the operation including a major 2011 strike that crippled production.

"Rescuers at the scene have reported that they have rescued four workers and found two bodies," Freeport Indonesia, the local subsidiary of the mining giant, said in a statement.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased," said Freeport Indonesia president Rozik B. Soetjipto.

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