Turkey police detain six after mine collapse

One of the detainees was the mine manager and police were searching for another suspect, the private NTV television reported.

Turkey police detain six after mine collapse

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish police detained six suspects after the collapse of a copper mine killed at least five people in the southeast, local media reported on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, Turkish rescue workers pulled one more body from the rubble and were still searching for 11 miners believed trapped after the collapse of the mine in the Sirvan district in Siirt province in the southeast, television broadcast.

The mine is reportedly owned by a private company.

In 2014, Turkey experienced its worst-ever modern industrial disaster in which 301 miners were killed when a fire broke out at Soma coal mine in the western part of the country.

The trial is still ongoing with prosecutors seeking life imprisonment for eight mine executives. 

The latest incident highlights Turkey's continued shortcomings on workplace safety, despite the adoption of new safety legislation following the Soma disaster. 

AFP

Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2016, 12:15
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