At least 23 people have died and 11 others wounded after gas explosions tore through two neighbouring coal mines in southwestern Pakistan.
Officials said that yesterday afternoon a build-up of methane caused an explosion and tunnel collapse at a mine in Marwaarh, east of Quetta, the capital of the fossil fuel-rich Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan.
A government official said 16 of the 25 people inside the mine at the time were killed, with the remaining miners rescued and taken to hospital for treatment.
Around three hours later, a mine 25km to the west at Spin Carez collapsed in similar circumstances, killing seven of the nine miners inside.
Provincial mines minister Saleh Baloch told AFP that all miners in both accidents had been accounted for and rescue operations had ended. Pakistani mines are notorious for poor safety standards and bad ventilation.
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