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Turkish mine fire kills at least 245.

SOMA, Turkey (TAP) - Turkish rescue workers battled flames to try to save miners still trapped underground after a fire in a coal shaft claimed at least 274 lives.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz put the latest death toll at the mine in the western town of Soma at 274, and said in a statement that another 61 miners are receiving medical treatment.

Hopes faded of finding more survivors where around 120 still feared to be trapped in what is likely to prove the nation's worst ever mining disaster.

Protesters blaming the government for failing to ensure safety standards surrounded Erdogan's car during his visit to Soma on Wednesday, at one point forcing the premier to take shelter in a nearby shop, Hurriyet newspaper said.

An explosion on Tuesday caused the pit to collapse.

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Publication:Agency Tunis Afrique Press
Date:May 14, 2014
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