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35 Reported Dead In Iran Mine Explosion; Others Remain Trapped

A government official said the blast occurred when workers changed the battery of a locomotive, creating a spark in a methane-filled tunnel. Many who died had rushed to help miners who were trapped.
Iranian emergency personnel aid an injured coal miner after an explosion at the Zemestan-Yurt coal mine in northeastern Iran on Wednesday. Iran state media reported that at least 35 workers died in the incident, while others remain trapped underground. Source: Anadolu Agency

An explosion of methane gas collapsed a coal mine in Iran, killing more than 35 people and trapping others underground, according to Iranian state media. Many of those who died had rushed into help miners who were trapped.

Wednesday's blast was caused when workers tried to jump-start a

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