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Two killed after probable explosion in Polish coal mine

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Two miners were killed after two probable methane explosions in the Pniowek coal mine in Pawlowice, southern Poland, Jastrzębska Spolka Weglowa (JSW), the mine’s owner said on Wednesday morning.

According to Tomasz Siemieniec, the manager of the JSW communications team, the methane gas was probably ignited just past midnight, roughly 1,000 metres underground. There was likely another explosion at the time when two teams of rescuers were in the area searching for the missing miners.

Siemieniec said that there were 42 workers in the area. Fifteen miners were injured in the incident and 12 were transported to hospitals. Most of the injured suffered burns. Eight more employees are missing.

A rescue operation is currently underway, JSW said.

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