Another five killed in Colombian coal mine explosion

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.

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