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28 found dead in Turkish mine disaster

28 found dead in Turkish mine disaster
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Rescue teams in Turkey have pulled 28 dead bodies from a coal mine in the northern Black Sea province of Zonguldak.

Some 40 miners were working at the site when an underground explosion on Monday ripped through the mine, burying most of them alive.

The cause of the blast is not yet known.

Eight miners were rescued Monday, although two are still trapped beneath the surface. With oxygen running out, officials say there is almost no chance of finding them alive.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the disaster area on Wednesday. But as he toured the scene, scuffles broke out between distraught relatives and his security guards.

Turkey’s state-owned coal company oversees the day-to-day running of the mine.

Mining accidents are common in Turkey: similar explosions killed 13 people in February and 19 in December.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has ordered an investigation into the three incidents.