Five miners have been killed in an underground coal mine explosion at the La Escondida mine in Central Colombia.
These latest deaths, on Tuesday local time, come less than a week after a similar methane gas explosion killed 20 in a northern Colombian mine.
According to reports “there was an explosion at the mine, apparently due to methane gas, leaving five dead,” mining regulator Igneominas said in a statement.
The La Escondida mine, located in the Sutatasua municipality in Cundinamarca province, north of the nation’s capital, was in the process of becoming a legal mine.
This latest explosion has prompted the Government to call for an investigation into mine safety laws.