Seventeen coal miners have died after being trapped by a weekend gas explosion in northwestern China, according to Xinhua News Agency.
Gas blast in mine in Xinjiang Autonomous Region
Rescued miner Duan Xukang tells about his escape experience during a coal mine gas balst as he receives medical treatment in a hospital in Fukang City, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, July 6, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua] [img src=https://america.cgtn.com/wp-content/flagallery/gas-blast-in-mine-in-xinjiang-autonomous-region/thumbs/thumbs_4.jpg]460
Rescuers wait to enter the pit where a gas blast traps 17 miners at the No 1 coal pit of Dhuangshan Yunxin Coal Mining Co Ltd in Fukang City on July 6, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua][img src=https://america.cgtn.com/wp-content/flagallery/gas-blast-in-mine-in-xinjiang-autonomous-region/thumbs/thumbs_2.jpg]410
Rescuers wait outside an entrance of the pit where a gas blast traps 17 miners at the No 1 coal pit of Dahuangshan Yunxin Coal Mining Co Ltd, in Fukang City on July 6, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua][img src=https://america.cgtn.com/wp-content/flagallery/gas-blast-in-mine-in-xinjiang-autonomous-region/thumbs/thumbs_3.jpg]380
Rescuers wait for work outside an entrance of the pit where a gas blast traps 17 miners at the No 1 coal pit of Dhuangshan Yunxin Coal Mining Co Ltd, 120 kilometers from Urumqi, capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on July 6, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]
The miners were trapped Saturday by the explosion at a mine 120 kilometers (70 miles) from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Xinhua said. It said Monday they had died and the cause of the incident was under investigation.
The pit where the explosion occurred Saturday is mined by Dahuangshan Yuxin Coal Mining Co. Ltd., owned by the sixth agricultural division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. It is a paramilitary organization that was revived by the central government in the 1980s to aid the region’s construction and development.
Three other people working inside the mine were rescued earlier.
Report compiled with information from Xinhua and The Associated Press.