This mine is located 90 kilometers north of the town of Azadshahr and 500 miners were working in this site.

“This mine had horizontal tunnels and the explosion took place in a 1,000 meter long tunnel. The blockage is around 1,000 meters from the opening,” said Jafar Sargheini, deputy Industry Minister.

“Financial problems led to the lack of safety precautions in this coal mine. The miners were continuously negotiating about their demands, let alone equipping their mine with proper safety measures,” said Ramezan Bahrami, head of the House of Industry and Mines in Golestan Province.