16 Sep 2013

Afghan coal miners dead

5:55 am on 16 September 2013

Twenty seven coal miners trapped underground in Afghanistan have been found dead.

The mine collapsed in a remote area of Samangan province, north of the capital, Kabul, on Saturday

Four rescue workers have since been badly injured. The BBC reports 14 were overcome by fumes but were brought out safely. About 12 miners are still underground.

In December, 11 miners were reported to have been killed in a similar incident in the northern province of Baghlan.

Afghanistan is known to have vast reserves of oil, gas, copper, cobalt, gold and lithium.

The collapse at the mine, north of the capital, Kabul, is the latest disaster to hit Afghanistan's state-run mining industry.

The BBC's Bilal Sarwary reports