Beijing: At least nine people were killed in
a coal mine accident that had been covered up for five days in
China`s northeast Heilongjiang Province.
The mine owner has confessed that nine miners have been
killed in the accident in Didao District of coal-rich Jixi
City on April 26, an official was quoted as saying by the
state run Xinhua news agency today.
The finding came after a joint provincial investigation
team arrived in Jixi yesterday, in response to rumours of a
coal mine gas explosion that killed about 10 people.
A family member of one of the victims, however, told
Xinhua that the accident was a gas leak.
The team were still investigating the accident at the
privately-owned mine that has a designed annual production
capacity of 40,000 tonnes.
The mine was suspected of illegal production as it was
ordered to close for renovation at the time of accident, the