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Explosion at Colombian mine kills 21

Explosion at Colombian mine kills 21
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At least 21 miners have been killed in Colombia after a build up of methane gas led to an explosion in a tunnel.

It happened during a shift change, a busy time when workers were coming and going. 16 miners have yet to be accounted for. The partner of one of the men has told reporters they have been told all of them are dead. The injured are being treated in hospital.

Relatives say the men work at La Preciosa mine 400 kilometres from Bogota because no other jobs are available.

It is the second time an explosion has had fatal consequences there.

A similar blast in 2007 killed 32.