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Five people arrested over mine disaster in Turkey's Soma

May 19, 2014, 16:19 UTC+3
General manager of the Soma mine Ramazan Dogru, operating manager Akin Celik and other managers of the company are held on suspicion of “neglect and causing multiple deaths”
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Police and paramilitary police officers escort Akin Celik, the mining company's operations manager, center-right

Police and paramilitary police officers escort Akin Celik, the mining company's operations manager, center-right

© AP Photo/Emre Tazegul

ANKARA, May 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Five people have been arrested following Turkey’s mine disaster on May 13 that left 301 people dead, the Prosecutor’s Office of Turkey’s Soma (in the Manisa province) reported. A total of sixteen people are currently in custody over the mine explosion and collapse.

General manager of the Soma mine Ramazan Dogru, operating manager Akin Celik and other managers of the company are held on suspicion of “neglect and causing multiple deaths”.

On May 13, an explosion in a coalmine in the Turkish city of Soma resulted in the collapse, which left 301 people dead and several tens of miners injured and poisoned with carbon monoxide. As many as 458 miners were rescued. The rescue operation was completed after 96 hours after the explosion and subsequent collapse.

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