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Published: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 3:35:02 PM
Updated: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 3:36:47 PM

Death toll in Turkish mine disaster unlikely to exceed 302 - minister

An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued from a coal mine he was trapped in, in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa early May 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Emre Tazegul

An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued from a coal mine he was trapped in, in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa early May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Emre Tazegul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The death toll in this week's mining accident in western Turkey is unlikely to be more than 302 people, Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Friday.

A maximum of 18 people are still in the coal mine, Yildiz told reporters in televised comments on the country's deadliest ever mine disaster.

(Reporting by Seda Sezer; Editing by Daren Butler)

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