ISLAMABAD – At least six people were killed and eight were still trapped following a gas explosion in a coal mine in Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan, the police told EFE on Monday.
The accident occurred Sunday night after an explosion in a mine in Sanjdi area, about 79 kilometers (49 miles) from the city of Quetta, the provincial capital, said city police spokesperson, Aziz Sadique.
He added that although emergency teams have been deployed to rescue the trapped, the success of the operation remained doubtful partly due to the great depth of the mine.
“I don’t think we will rescue them alive,” said Sadique.
The precarious safety conditions in Pakistani mines make them highly prone to accidents.
In May this year, 23 miners were killed in two mine accidents, also in Balochistan.
In 2011, 50 miners died in Balochistan after a series of explosions caused by gas leaks in a coal site.