Pakistani rescuers pull eight more bodies from collapsed mine

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (AP) — Rescue crew using heavy machinery pulled eight more bodies yesterday from a collapsed marble mine in northwestern Pakistan, raising the death toll from the incident to 16, officials said.

The cause of the cave-in was not known. Mining accidents are common in Pakistan, where safety regulations are often ignored.

An estimated 30 miners were loading marble onto trucks on Monday when huge boulders fell on them at the mine in the district of Mohmand near the Afghan border.

The first eight bodies were pulled out the same day, while eight more were retrieved yesterday, according to Khateer Ahmad, in charge of the state-run emergency service in the northwest.

He said there were still more miners trapped under the huge boulders. According to Provincial Labour Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, the cave-in also injured nine miners.