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16 killed in coal mine collapse in northwestern China

  • In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work at the accident site after a coal mine collapsed in Tiechanggou township,  China's Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. China's official news agency says 16 coal miners were killed after their shaft collapsed in the country's northwest.  (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhao Ge) NO SALES

    In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work at the accident site after a coal mine collapsed in Tiechanggou township, China's Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. China's official news agency says 16 coal miners were killed after their shaft collapsed in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhao Ge) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency,   an injured miner is transferred to hospital after a coal mine collapsed in Tiechanggou township,  China's Xinjiang  regional capital of Urumqi Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. China's official news agency says 16 coal miners were killed after their shaft collapsed in the country's northwest.  (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhao Ge) NO SALES

    In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, an injured miner is transferred to hospital after a coal mine collapsed in Tiechanggou township, China's Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. China's official news agency says 16 coal miners were killed after their shaft collapsed in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhao Ge) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

China's official news agency says 16 coal miners were killed after their shaft collapsed in the country's northwest.

Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster that struck just before midnight Friday in Tiechanggou township outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi.

China's mines are among the most dangerous in the world, although improved safety measures have vastly lowered the death toll in recent years.

Officials from the government's work safety watchdog say they are still looking into the matter. A man who answered the phone at the mine's offices said he could not comment and calls to the Xinjiang regional safety administration rang unanswered.