Coal mine collapse kills 5 in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says at least five coal miners have been killed in a tunnel collapse.
Mohammad Ali Hassani, the district chief in Dar-i-Suf, in the northern Samangan province, said another four miners were rescued when the 800-meter (yard) tunnel collapsed Tuesday. He says another miner is missing.
He said the mine, like many in rural Afghanistan, was dug with little regard for safety, and that those working in it were poor laborers with no other way to make a living.