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Deadly blast traps seven miners in China

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Mine explosion occurs in central China
  • 127 miners were underground at the time of the blast
  • China

Beijing, China (CNN) -- Nine miners are dead, and seven others are believed trapped after a gas explosion at a coal mine in central China, state-run media reported Tuesday.

The blast took place late Monday at the Sanyuandong Coal Mine near the city of Dengfeng in central China's Henan Province, the Xinhua news agency reported.

At the time of the explosion, 127 miners were underground, a spokesman for the mining company told Xinhua.