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Colombia Mine Explosion Kills Eight


An explosion at a Colombian coal mine has killed eight people, just days after another mine blast in the country's northeast left more than 30 people dead.

The latest explosion happened Tuesday at La Capilla mine in Boyaca province, north of Bogota. Authorities said they had recovered two of the bodies and located the others.

One of Colombia's worst mining disasters took place Saturday in the Norte de Santander area when a similar underground explosion killed 32 coal miners. Rescue workers trying to reach the victims were delayed by toxic gases that filled the mine after the blast.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe visited the region Sunday to assure family members that the government will closely investigate the deadly accident.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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