18 miners killed in Indonesia landslide

At least 18 miners were killed in landslide at an illegal gold mine in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province, an official said Sunday.

IANS| Last Updated: Oct 06, 2014, 00:20 AM IST

Jakarta: At least 18 miners were killed in landslide at an illegal gold mine in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province, an official said Sunday.

The accident occurred Saturday afternoon at Bengkayang district, when 18 people were working underground, Xinhua quoted Ali Mahfud, an official at the national disaster management and mitigation agency, as saying. 

Illegal mining is common in Indonesia and the lack of safety standard in operation has often caused incidents that have killed scores of miners.