At least 21 killed in Iranian coal mine explosion: Report

An explosion at a mine in northern Iran today left at least 26 workers trapped in a mile-long tunnel filled with gas that hampered rescue efforts, media reports said.

Reuters| Updated: May 04, 2017, 00:27 AM IST

Tehran: An explosion in a coal mine in northern Iran on Wednesday killed at least 21 workers and injured 69 others, state media reported.

"Twenty-one bodies of workers who were killed in the explosion have been taken out of the mine ...So far there have been 69 injured," a regional official in Golestan province told the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

The blast occurred at 12:45 pm local time (0745 GMT) in the Zemestanyurt coal mine in Golestan.