30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

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(Kunduz) – At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said, in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country.

Another seven were injured in the incident in Kohistan district of Badakhshan province, district governor Mohammad Rustam Raghi told AFP.

Villagers had dug a 60-metre (200-feet) deep shaft in a river bed to search for gold. They were inside when the walls fell in.

It was not clear why the shaft collapsed, but the provincial governor´s spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari told AFP the miners were not professionals.

“The villagers have been involved in this business for decades with no government control over them,” Nazari said.

“We have sent a rescue team to the area, but villagers have already started removing bodies from the site.”