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Disaster could bring ax

THREE government officials could be sacked after 12 people died when a gas pocket ignited in a coal mine in north China's Shanxi Province, local authorities said yesterday.

The accident occurred at 11:30pm on Sunday when 16 miners were working in a shaft in the Donggou Colliery Co Ltd in Jiexiu City, under the administration of Jinzhong City, said a spokesman with the Shanxi Provincial Work Safety Administration.

The Communist Party of China Jinzhong Municipal Committee has proposed dismissing Han Haiyun, vice mayor who was in charge of coal mine safety, Zhang Yiqian, head of the Jiexiu Municipal Administration of Coal Mine Safety, and Yang Guangdong, assistant mayor.

The proposals would need to be approved by the Jinzhong Municipal People's Congress.

The police have also detained five coal mine executives.


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