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Death toll rises after Pakistan mine explosions

Such accidents are common in the region due to poor enforcement of safety regulations.

The death toll from methane gas explosions in two coal mines in Pakistan has climbed to more than 20, officials confirmed.

Mine inspector Iftikhar Ahmed said five more bodies had been recovered from one of the mines.

Another seven people died in a separate blast on Saturday, which also wounded two people. Rescue operations have been completed at both sites.

The mines are located near the south-western city of Quetta, an area where such accidents are common because of poor enforcement of safety regulations. The explosions were not linked.

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