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15 dead, hundreds trapped in Turkish coal mine

/ 02:54 AM May 14, 2014

Medics place an injured miner into an ambulance after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, in western Turkey, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. AP PHOTO/DEPO PHOTOS

• Explosion and fire at power unit

• 25 people were reported alive after being rescued

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ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey’s government-run disaster and emergency management agency has raised to 15 the number of people killed in an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey.

The accident Tuesday in the coal mine in Soma, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Istanbul has trapped up to 300 people.

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The government agency said some 20 people had been evacuated from the site so far, 11 of them with injuries.—Suzan Fraser

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