Disaster hits Afghan coal mine following explosion

Disaster hits Afghan coal mine following explosion
At least seven labourers have died in an Afghan coal mine, in the second such incident this month.
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22 April, 2019
Afghan coal miners rest inside a coal mine in Samangan province in 2012 [AFP/Getty]

An Afghan official said on Sunday an explosion at a coal mine in the northern province of Samangan has killed at least seven miners.

Hashim Bayan, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, says two other miners were injured in the blast on Monday morning in the remote Dar-i-Suf district.

The death toll was put at eight by Xinhua News Agency which reported the labourers died of suffocation after a poisonous gas leaked and accumulated.

There has been an increase recently in such incidents in the district as miners work without proper equipment or knowledge of safety measures.

Six miners were killed and another one was injured when an explosion in a nearby coal mine earlier this month caused two tunnels to collapse.

Bayan says people in the area are very poor and have no other options but to work as best as they can in the coal mines to make a living.