Pakistan: Five killed in coal mine explosion

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Incident happened in remote Orakzai tribal region near Afghani border

By Aamir Latif

KARACHI, Pakistan – At least five miners were killed and three others injured in a coal mine explosion in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.

The incident occurred in the remote Orakzai tribal region near the Afghani border.

An initial investigation suggested a gas leakage was responsible for the explosion, state-run Pakistan Television reported.

Pakistan has a history of mine accidents, largely due to a lack of safety standards.

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