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China: 16 killed in coal mine collapse

China: 16 killed in coal mine collapse
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A coal mine shaft has collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, according to China’s official news agency.

Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster that struck just before midnight Friday in Tiechanggou township outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi.

China is the world’s biggest coal producer and its mines are among the most dangerous in the world, although improved safety measures have vastly lowered the death toll in recent years.

Officials from the government’s work safety watchdog said they were looking into the matter.

A man who answered the phone at the mine’s offices said he could not comment and calls to the Xinjiang regional safety administration rang unanswered.