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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Turkish police detain 18 people in mine disaster investigation

Published 18/05/2014 | 12:52

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Turkish miners at the entrance of the coal mine in Soma, as a new fire hampered efforts to complete the search of the mine (AP)
Turkish miners at the entrance of the coal mine in Soma, as a new fire hampered efforts to complete the search of the mine (AP)
Police investigating the mining disaster in Turkey have detained 18 people (AP)
Police investigating the mining disaster in Turkey have detained 18 people (AP)
Riot police detain lawyers who came to support the families of mine accident victims in Soma (AP)
Riot police detain lawyers who came to support the families of mine accident victims in Soma (AP)

Turkish police have detained 18 people, including mining company executives and personnel, as part of an investigation into last week's mine disaster, CNN Turk and other broadcasters reported on Sunday.

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The rescue operation at the mine, in the western Turkish town of Soma, ended on Saturday after the bodies of the last two workers were carried out, bringing the death toll to 301.

Police were not immediately available to confirm the reports of detentions.

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