QUETTA: At least 18 miners were killed and several trapped after two separate coal mines collapsed in Balochistan, rescue officials said fearing the casualty toll could rise.
A total of 16 person were trapped after a gas explosion in Pir Ismail, Marwar (45 km from Quetta) at around noon. Their bodies were later recovered after hours-long rescue operation.
The Quetta deputy commissioner, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) rescue team, local labourers, the inspector mines, Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and District Administration Levies force QRF were also present at the site.
Rescue efforts were underway.
Earlier this week, six labourers working on network installation for a private telecommunication company were shot dead by unidentified men in Kharan district.
According to levies forces, the labourers, who hailed from Punjab, were working without any security and did not have a no objection certificate (NOC). The Frontier Corps (FC), levies forces and administration reached the site of the incident and shifted the bodies to Civil Hospital.