8 detained over Turkey mine disaster

Turkey detained eight people over a recent accident at a coal mine

8 detained over Turkey mine disaster

World Bulletin/News Desk

Eight people were detained Saturday as part of an investigation into the flooding of a mine in Karaman province in central Turkey, Turkish energy minister confirmed. 

Taner Yildiz said that those detained included executives and engineers of the mine. One person who sought by the police gave himself up on Sunday. 

The October 28 flooding of the coal mine in Karaman's Ermenek town trapped 18 workers. On Thursday, search and rescue teams found the bodies of the two of the miners.

Rescue efforts were "becoming progressively harder" in the deeper areas of the mine, Yildiz said earlier on Friday. 

There were 34 workers inside the mine located some 400 kilometers south of the capital, Ankara, when a water pipe exploded and caused the flood. 

Yildiz added that the flooded mine had approached too closely to this unused shaft.

"This is a very clear mistake by the operators of the mine... They ignored workers' warnings and claimed that the old mine was still meters away," he said.

The accident was the latest disaster to hit the Turkish mining industry after 301 workers were killed in May in an explosion at a mine in Soma in the west of the country.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Kasım 2014, 13:26

Muhammed Öylek