Mine explosion kills '151 with hundreds more trapped'

An explosion and fire in a Turkish coal mine killed 151 people on Tuesday and the death toll could rise with hundreds more still trapped, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.

Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz. Credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Speaking to reporters at the scene of the disaster, Yildiz said 787 workers were inside the mine when the blast hit a power unit. Another 76 people were injured and hospitalised, he said.

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