Turkey: 'Mining execs detained' after disaster kills hundreds

Turkish police have detained 19 people, including mining company executives, as part of an investigation into the Soma mining disaster, Reuters have reported citing Turkish media.

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Turkish cast at Cannes show support for #Soma locals

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2ndR), cast members Melisa Sozen (L), Haluk Bilginer (2ndL) and Demet Akbag Credit: Reuters

The cast and crew of a Turkish film featured at the Cannes Film Festival have shown their solidarity with Soma locals after 284 miners were killed in Tuesday's disaster.

Director of Winter Sleep Nuri Bilge Ceylan along side cast members Melisa Sozen, Haluk Bilginer and Demet Akbag held up signs with the Twitter hashtag #Soma during a photocall for the film.

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Gezi Park activists 'join Soma protesters against govt'

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Erdogan accused of punching man during mine visit

Amateur footage has been captured apparently showing Turkey's prime minister punching a young man several times in the town where 284 people were killed in a mining disaster.

According to Today's Zaman, a crowd of protesters gathered in Soma chanting "murderer" at Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is then seen entering a local grocery store, in which an altercation takes place.

Erdogan is thought to have then attacked a man who is reported to have been chanting critical slogans at him. It follows claims that a senior adviser of the prime minister kicked a protester yesterday.

Worker: At least 160 more bodies in Turkey mine

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers has tweeted from Turkey:

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Cause of Turkey mining disaster 'still unknown'

The operator of the Turkish mine where 284 workers were killed this week in Turkey's worst ever mining disaster has said there was no negligence on the part of the company and that it still did not know the exact cause of the accident.

"We still do not know how the accident happened. There is no negligence of ours in this incident. We all worked heart and soul," said Akin Celik, the plant manager of the mine, run by Soma Holding.

Chairman: Turkey mine had a 'strong safety record'

A mining disaster that killed 283 people in Turkey's western region of Soma is "unbelievable", the chairman of the mine operator Soma Holding told reporters. Alp Gurkan added that the mine had a strong safety record.

Gurkan said that the fire was not linked to an electricity sub-station, but that the build up of heat had caused a partial collapse of the mine. He confirmed that 787 workers were in the mine when the fire broke out.

Turkey's Soma Holdings chairman Alp Gurkan speaks reporters at a conference. Credit: APTN
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