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    A methane gas explosion has killed three people at a coal mine in central Kazakhstan, according to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry’s Emergencies Committee.

    ASTANA (Sputnik) — A methane gas explosion has killed three people at a coal mine in central Kazakhstan, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry’s Emergencies Committee told Sputnik on Thursday.

    "Current information suggests that three people without signs of life have been discovered by mine workers," Ruslan Imankulov said.

    The blast occurred at the Kazakhstanskaya mine in the town of Shakhtinsk at around 4 a.m. local time (22:00GMT). Imankulov said there were four miners in the affected part of the mine, out of a total of 136 workers.

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