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China coal mine blast traps 96

Feb. 21, 2009 at 7:57 PM

GUJIAO CITY, China, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- An explosion in an underground coal mine in northern China early Sunday left 96 miners trapped, officials said.

The miners were among 436 working in the Shanxi Jiaomei Group mine at Gujiao City in Shanxi province, Xinhua reported. The blast occurred about 2 a.m.

The state-run news agency said Zhang Baoshun, head of the provincial Communist Party committee, and Provincial Gov. Wang Jun were en route to the accident scene.

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