China's official Xinhua News Agency says 11 people have died in a coal mine gas blast in northern Shanxi province and three are missing.

Xinhua says the explosion ripped through a mine shaft in Jinzhong city Monday morning. It says 16 miners were working underground at the time in the Xingguang Coal Industry Co. mine.

Rescuers have rescued two workers and 11 bodies. They are still searching for the missing.