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A methane gas explosion in a coal mine in the Sorrange area, near Quetta, Balochistan, killed 45 miners while some others are still believed to be trapped underground. Officials on Monday stated that it needed a “miracle” to find any survivors. The mine, located in the far-flung Sorrange region of the troubled southwestern province, was poorly ventilated, allowing poisonous gases to accumulate and trigger blasts which led to the collapse on Sunday, officials said.

Pakistani soldiers stand guard in front of a tunnel during a rescue operation.- AFP Photo
Pakistani soldiers stand guard in front of a tunnel during a rescue operation.- AFP Photo
Rescue workers retrieve the body of one of the miners who was killed.- Reuters Photo
Rescue workers retrieve the body of one of the miners who was killed.- Reuters Photo
Pakistani rescue miners gather in front of a tunnel at the mine.- AFP Photo
Pakistani rescue miners gather in front of a tunnel at the mine.- AFP Photo
Relatives of a mine worker sit next his body, who was killed in the explosion.- AP Photo
Relatives of a mine worker sit next his body, who was killed in the explosion.- AP Photo
Pakistani miners emerge from a tunnel during the rescue operation at the coal mine.- AFP Photo
Pakistani miners emerge from a tunnel during the rescue operation at the coal mine.- AFP Photo
Mine workers and residents gather outside the coal mine.- AP Photo
Mine workers and residents gather outside the coal mine.- AP Photo

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Badar Dar Mar 22, 2011 09:37am
May Allah protect all Pakistanis
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Eeman Mar 22, 2011 10:57am
As much as ludicrous it my look, I've to ask, why're they holding guns? To deter what? Can our soldiers display anything apart from flexing their muscles? For God's sake, it's a rescue operation to recover people who are trapped, not kidnapped!!!
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