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Turkish prime minister says 238 killed in coal mine disaster
May 14, 2014 / 1:27 PM / 3 years ago

Turkish prime minister says 238 killed in coal mine disaster

A man prays beside a grave of a dead miner while workers dig graves and locals accompany the praying in a cemetary in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

SOMA Turkey (Reuters) - The death toll in a coal mine disaster in western Turkey rose to 238, with 80 more injured, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

“According to the first indications, 238 of our workers lost their lives and 80 were injured,” Erdogan told a news conference after visiting the mine in Soma, about 480 kilometres (298 miles) southwest of Istanbul.

Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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