La Preciosa mine
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Colombian miners killed in blast and many unaccounted for

At least five miners have been killed and many others are missing following an explosion at a coal mine in north-east Colombia, an official says.

Rescue teams raced to the La Preciosa mine in Sardinata, Norte de Santander department following the blast, which was blamed on a build-up of gases.

Early reports said about 30 miners had been underground, but the mayor later said at least 13 were trapped.

  • 26 Jan 2011