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Pakistan Coal Mine Explosions Kill 6, Trap 45

Mine workers and residents gather outside a coal mine after a explosion in Sorange near Quetta, Pakistan, March 20, 2011

Pakistan officials say methane gas explosions in a coal mine in southwestern Pakistan have killed at least 6 workers and trapped 45.

Authorities say the blasts happened Sunday in a mine run by the state-owned Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation.

The coal mine is located in the province of Baluchistan, 35 kilometers from Quetta, the provincial capital.

A mining inspector says the presence of methane gas is hampering the rescue operation.