South Asia

Pakistan mine collapse: Six killed and about 34 rescued

At least six miners have been killed in a marble mine collapse in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, police have told the BBC.

About 34 miners were rescued following the collapse, they said.

Some reports said that the collapse in the Buner area happened on Monday night following a large explosion.

Correspondents say marble mines in Pakistan have a good safety record. Buner is a mountainous district lying some 110km (68 miles) from Islamabad.

President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed his condolences over the loss of lives and an inquiry into the incident has been ordered.

Three miners who were injured in Monday's incident are now receiving hospital treatment.

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