Wednesday 22 February 2017

Six arrested for negligence over fatal Turkey mine collapse

Published 19/11/2016 | 12:21

Five miners were killed and 11 are still missing
Five miners were killed and 11 are still missing

Six people have been arrested in connection with a mine collapse in which at least five miners were killed, Tu rkey's state-run news agency said.

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The Anadolu Agency said rescue teams recovered the body of the fifth miner, Sefik Tuncer, on Saturday. Four miners were found dead on Friday.

Rescue operations are continuing to find 11 miners still missing, although a government official said on Friday that hopes of finding them alive are slim.

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

Siirt Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz has said authorities think a landslide triggered by heavy rain caused the collapse. However an investigation is under way to determine the cause.

Anadolu said authorities detained six people for alleged negligence, including the mine's field operations manager and the owner of a subcontracting firm.

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