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Officials say 28 killed in mine accident in northern China

July 17, 2010

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese government officials say 28 miners have died after an electrical cable caught fire inside a coal shaft.

An official with the State Administration of Work Safety says the accident happened Saturday evening at the privately owned Xiaonangou coal mine in Sangshuping town in northern Shaanxi Province. He declined to give his name as is customary with Chinese officials.

He said Sunday that all the 28 miners working in the shaft were killed when the underground cable caught fire.

The official Xinhua News Agency says that rescuers had retrieved the bodies of five miners by Sunday morning.

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