At least six people were killed in a coal mine explosion in central China.

The blast occurred around 3 p.m. yesterday at Niulanchu Coal Mine in Hunan Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Six miners died on the spot and one was injured seriously and sent to a local hospital. Rescuers were still searching for one more miner who went missing after the blast, authorities said.

An initial investigation showed that the blast occurred due to mal-operations. Further investigation into the cause for the accident is underway.

(This article was published on December 18, 2012)
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