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Turkish mine operator says 284 confirmed dead, 18 thought still trapped
May 16, 2014 / 8:07 AM / 3 years ago

Turkish mine operator says 284 confirmed dead, 18 thought still trapped

SOMA, Turkey, May 16 (Reuters) - Turkish mine operator Soma Holding said on Friday 284 people were confirmed dead and 18 others were thought still to be trapped underground after a fire in its mine in the western town of Soma.

The company said 363 people were evacuated from the mine after fire broke out on Tuesday and a further 122 miners were hospitalised. It said there were 787 miners working at the time.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay, Writing by Jonny Hogg; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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