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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Three days of mourning for Turkey mine blast victims

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared three days of mourning for victims of a mine explosion in the west of the country which has claimed the lives of 205 people.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared three days of mourning for victims of the Soma mining disaster Credit: REUTERS/Umit Bektas

"We are still working on saving our brothers from the mine, a group has been rescued and efforts are still continuing," said Erdogan, according to Turkish newspaper the Daily Sabah.

About 500 more miners are feared trapped in the mine after a substation explosion 2km underground cut off a lift to the surface.

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