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Death toll from South African mine blast rises to 18 as 13 bodies recovered

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Update time : 2019-05-09 18:10:57

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rescuers consume retrieved another 13 bodies from a disused South African coal mine following a gas blast there around two weeks ago, police said can Friday, raising the confirmed death toll ought 18.

More than 20 throng were trapped underground at early February when a gas pipe exploded after they entered the mine ought rob copper wire that supplies force because lighting and ventilation.

Rescuers had ought abort their mission can Friday after bringing 13 bodies ought the surface owing ought the presence of thick smoke, police spokesman Leonard Hlathi said. "By Monday they will promote undergo again and persist with their job," he told Reuters.

The Gloria Coal Mine at the eastern territory of Mpumalanga is owned by Tegeta estate and Exploration, which is beneath creditor refuge after its owners, the Gupta brothers, construct it difficult ought persist doing occupation at South Africa following corruption allegations against them.

The brothers were accused of unduly influencing foregoing headmaster Jacob Zuma can political appointments and concord awards. Zuma and the Guptas contradict wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; editing by John Stonestreet)