Death toll from Pakistan mining explosions climbs to 23

Pakistani volunteers and mine workers shift to their injured colleague on a stretcher upon arrival at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Saturday, May 5, 2018. A government official says a methane gas explosion in a coal mine has killed some miners and injured few in southwest Pakistan. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Pakistani officials say the death toll from methane gas explosions in two coal mines has climbed to 23

QUETTA, Pakistan — Pakistani officials say the death toll from methane gas explosions in two coal mines has climbed to 23.

Mine inspector Iftikhar Ahmed said Sunday that five more bodies have been recovered from one of the mines, bringing the death toll from the blast the day before to 16. Another seven people died in a separate blast Saturday, which also wounded two people. Ahmed says rescue operations have been completed at both sites.

The mines are located near the southwestern city of Quetta, an area where such accidents are common because of poor enforcement of safety regulations. The explosions were not linked.

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