"A powerful blast occurred in a coal mine in Dahan-e-Tor area at around 11.30 a.m., 17 bodies were retrieved. Rescue operation is under way as at least 13 people were trapped under the debris there, Latfullah Azizi, a provincial government spokesman, told Xinhua."
Kabul, April 30 - At least 17 people were killed and several trapped following a blast in a coal mine in the northern Afghan province of Samangan Wednesday, a provincial government spokesman said.

A powerful blast occurred in a coal mine in Dahan-e-Tor area at around 11.30 a.m., 17 bodies were retrieved. Rescue operation is under way as at least 13 people were trapped under the debris there, Latfullah Azizi, a provincial government spokesman, told Xinhua.

The number of casualties may go up, he added.


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