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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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Death toll rises after coal mine fire in Turkey

miners escort a rescued friend after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, in western Turkey, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Credit: PA

The death toll after a fire and explosion at coal mine in western Turkey has increased to at least 15, with many more hundreds trapped underground, officials have said.

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said 11 injured miners had been recovered from the mine in Soma, around 75 miles (120 km) northeast of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir.

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