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Nine dead in China mine accident

Nine workers have been killed and seven others trapped after lethal gas leaked into a coal mine in central China.

A "gas outburst" occurred at the Sanyuandong Coal Mine in Dengfeng, a city in Henan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Some 127 miners were underground and 111 escaped unharmed, according to an official with the Zhengzhou Coal Industry, which runs the mine.

Over the weekend, 24 workers were trapped in a flooded mine in north-east China's Heilongjiang province, while a blast at a workers' dormitory at another mine in the northern city of Linfen in Shanxi province killed at least 17 people.

China's mining industry is the world's deadliest with accidents killing more than 2,600 miners throughout the country last year.

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