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    Mine Blast Kills 26 in Central China


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    Twenty-six miners have died after a gas explosion at a coal mine in central China. Police are still investigating the cause of the blast.

    China's state-run media reports a gas explosion in a coalmine in Henan Province has killed 26 people.

    Forty-six miners were working underground when the blast occurred just before eight on Tuesday night at the Suzhuang Coal mine.

    Twenty miners were brought to safety, but toxic gas had to be released from the mine before the remaining miners could be found.

    Police are investigating the cause of the blast.

    China's mines are considered the deadliest in the world due to lax safety standards and a rush to feed demand.

    More than 2,600 people died in coal mine accidents in China in 2009 alone.