Protests erupt in Turkey over coal mine blast, death toll reaches 274

Eurasia News

ANKARA/ISLAMABAD: The violent clashes erupted in Turkish cities of Ankara, Istanbul and Soma against the government over the incident of coal mine blast that resulted in the loss of hundreds of precious lives.

An explosion occurred in a coal mine in the western Turkish town of Soma on Tuesday that left 274 persons killed.

So far nearly 450 workers were rescued while efforts are underway to rescue scores of missing miners.

Meanwhile, violent protests broke out in Soma where relatives of the dead miners were unleashing their anger at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan while police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters.

Pakistan announces one-day mourning

Pakistan announced one-day mourning on Thursday for the victims of coal mine explosion in Turkey.

In a message, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grave shock over the tragic incident and said that we stand by our Turkish brethren in this hour of suffering.