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Turkish workers decry safety at mine

Company and government deny negligence

SOMA, Turkey — The Turkish government and mining company officials vehemently denied Friday that negligence was at the root of the country’s worst mining disaster even as opposition lawmakers raised questions about possible lax oversight.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said at least 298 people died in Tuesday’s coal mine fire in Soma, a town in western Turkey. Another two or three people are believed to be missing underground while 485 miners escaped or were rescued from the inferno.

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