At least 15 more miners were injured in the two incidents. Officials said the blast was caused by a build-up of methane gas. "We are trying our best to recover bodies but it will take time as most of the bodies are buried very deep," government official Jawaid Shahwani told AFP news agency from Quetta.
Most of the miners came from the same village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Shangla district, officials told Pakistan's Dawn newspaper. The Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation says that up to 200 mine workers die on average in mine accidents every year. A gas explosion at a Balochistan mine in 2011 killed more than 40 people. (UNI)