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Turkish energy minister visits mine collapse site as death toll reaches six

Published 20/11/2016

Turkey's energy minister is visiting the site of a collapsed mine where the death toll has risen to six
Turkey's energy minister is visiting the site of a collapsed mine where the death toll has risen to six

Turkey's energy minister is visiting the site of a collapsed mine where the death toll has risen to six.

The body of the sixth miner, Sedat Bulut, was recovered from the copper mine on Sunday, according to the Anadolu Agency.

The privately-owned mine in south-eastern Siirt province caved in late on Thursday.

Rescue crews are working to reach 10 miners still missing, although a government official said on Friday that hopes of finding them alive are slim.

Six people were detained on Saturday on charges of negligence and the operating company's operations manager was formally arrested on Sunday.

Energy minister Berat Albayrak says the government is using the "latest state-of-the-art technology and equipment" to proceed with rescue operations "at full speed".

About 100 workers are participating in the rescue.

AP

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