Protests as Erdogan visits city where miners died

A screengrab of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: ITV News

Violence has erupted in the Turkish city of Soma, where the country's worst ever mining disaster has killed at least 238 people in an underground explosion and fire, according to the Associated Press.

Demonstrators faced riot police in central Soma near the ruling political party headquarters whilst tensions were high as hundreds of friends and relatives of the missing miners jostled outside the mine waiting for news, the news agency has also reported.

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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.