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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -
At least one miner was killed and 19 others were hospitalized on Tuesday following an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey, an official said. More than 200 others are reported trapped.

Local administrator Mehmet Bahattin Atci said 20 people were rescued from the mine in the town of Soma, in the province of Manisa, but one of them died in hospital.

He said the explosion was caused by a power distribution unit and between 200 and 300 more workers are still inside the mine.

"Rescue efforts are underway," Atci told reporters.


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