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Turkish prime minister says 238 killed in coal mine disaster
May 14, 2014 / 1:27 PM / 4 years ago

Turkish prime minister says 238 killed in coal mine disaster

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.

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

“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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