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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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Turkish govt 'refused mine inspections three weeks ago'

The Turkish government rejected calls to investigate mines in the eastern region of Soma just just weeks before the incident which killed over 200 miners, according to a Turkish newspaper.

Rescue work is continuing at the mine in Soma, Turkey following an explosion 2 km underground at 3pm on Tuesday Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Turkey's main opposition, the Republican People’s Party, submitted a motion to Parliament last year to investigate work-related accidents at coal mines in Soma, only for the proposal to be rejected three weeks ago, said Hurriyet Daily News.

An explosion at a mine in Soma is feared to have trapped nearly 800 miners, in what Turkey's prime minister has said is probably the country's worst mining disaster.

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