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Nicaragua calls off search for 4 missing miners

MANAGUA — Nicaragua’s government said Tuesday that it has called off a search for at least four missing miners because cave-ins made the effort too dangerous to continue, and hopes have faded that anyone could be found alive after five days.

Nicaragua’s government spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo, said continuing the effort would put more lives at risk.

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Murillo told a television station that ‘‘experts had to admit that any rescue was impossible because of the danger.’’

At least 26 miners were trapped by a collapse Thursday at the El Comal gold and silver mine near Bonanza, about 260 miles northeast of Managua. Twenty-two were rescued alive.

Between four and eight men were believed still missing.

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