LA PAZ – An explosion at a mine in western Bolivia killed seven people and injured 15, the government said on Wednesday, adding that the causes of the incident were still being investigated.
The explosion took place in the early morning, when a group of miners from the town of Huanuni, near the city of Oruro, were beginning their shift, Government Minister Carlos Romero told reporters.
“According to our initial report, seven people died and 15 people were injured,” Romero said.
The injured miners were taken to several hospitals in Oruro, although no information has been provided so far regarding their condition.
President Evo Morales ordered a multi-agency investigation to determine the cause of the blast.
“I have instructed that an immediate investigation be launched to clarify the tragic event. The ministers of government, justice and mining have been tasked with this mission,” Morales said on Twitter.
The president also offered his condolences to the family members of the miners who were killed or injured.
Romero announced that two commissions had already set out to investigate the incident, one made up of ministry officials and the other of police explosive experts.