11 killed in Chinese coal mine fire

A fire at a coal mine located in China’s north has killed eleven employees, two workers remain missing.

On Friday the official Xinhua News Agency reported that the workers at the coal mine in Zhangjiakou city died from carbon monoxide poisoning when an air compressor caught fire underground.

The Australian reported there were 13 miners underground when the fire broke out.

Operation of the coal mine has not resumed as yet.

This incident adds to China's poor mining safety record; last year alone 1,384 people were killed in coal mine accidents.

Although some improvements have been made to the country’s safety regulations in recent years, they are often ignored and serious accidents remain common place in China’s mining industry.

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