• TWO FIRES BROKE OUT DAYS BEFORE TURKEY MINE TRAGEDY

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    ANKARA: Security camera footage showed that two separate fires broke out in a Turkish mine just days before a blast left 301 people dead in the country’s worst industrial accident, local media reported on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Criminal experts in Ankara examined footage from 16 security cameras recorded between April 27 and May 18 as part of an investigation into the disaster in the western town of Soma in May, the private Dogan news agency reported. The first fire erupted on May 11 and lasted 16 hours and the second one on May 12, only a day before the deadly mine explosion, Dogan said. Neither blaze was registered by the mine, according to the experts’ report which was sent to the Soma public prosecutor’s office. The mine’s operator Soma Komur, accused of flouting basic safety standards to maximize profits, has denied any responsibility, but eight of its officials have been arrested and charged with manslaughter.

    AFP

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