[UPDATE] Body of 6th miner retrieved from collapsed copper mine in Siirt

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Relatives of miners wait as rescue workers search for trapped miners at the accident site in the southeastern Siirt province.

Search and rescue teams on Sunday retrieved the body of a sixth miner from a copper mine that collapsed in the province of Siirt in southeastern Turkey while 10 others remain trapped underground.

At least 12 miners were trapped in the copper mine late on Thursday after it was reportedly hit by a landslide, triggering a collapse that initially killed four people whose bodies were recovered by rescuers.

The body of another miner was retrieved on Saturday.

The Siirt Governor’s Office said an investigation has been launched, but authorities believe a landslide triggered by heavy rains caused the mine collapse.

Six people including the mine’s manager and two work safety experts have been detained by the police so far in relation to the mine tragedy in Şirvan.

In 2014, 301 miners were killed in a fire inside a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey — the nation’s worst mining disaster. The tragedy exposed poor safety standards and superficial government inspections in Turkey’s mines.

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