The body of a third victim of a coal mine gas blast in north
China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region was recovered
on Tuesday, local police have said.
The coal mine owner had taken the body to a hospital in Inner
Mongolia's neighboring Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in an attempt to
conceal the cause of death.
Police have confirmed that the worker was a victim of the
The blast occurred at 11:30 AM on Dec. 17 in Songshutan Colliery
in Alax League. According to the mine owner, only two miners died
and four others are missing.
The local police is investigating the accident. The owner of the
mine is in police custody.
According to rescuers, the chances of survival are extremely
slim for the missing miners.
(Xinhua News Agency December 21, 2006)