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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 mine death toll rises to 232

The number of people killed in a Turkish coal mine has risen to 232, according to AP, nearly 24 hours after an explosion caused a fire and cut off a lift to the surface.

Relatives of miners who were killed or injured in a mine explosion react as rescuers continue their work Credit: REUTERS/ Osman Orsal

Eighty wounded miners were rescued from the mine but rescuers have been hampered by continuing fires which have poured smoke into the mine.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the incident is likely to be the country's worst mining disaster, and has declared three days of mourning for the victims.

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