You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.


  • Australian raids prevent beheading plot
    SYDNEY – Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney, were holding six people and have identified
  • Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
    Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country’s 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola
  • NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer
    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.  Robert King, the U.S.
Associated Press
A woman cries at the grave of a mine accident victim in Soma, Turkey, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

Turkish minister: mine death toll may be about 300

Associated Press
Family members attend a funeral for a victim of the mine accident, in Soma, Turkey, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
Associated Press
In this photo released by the Turkish Presidency Press Office, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, right, listens to a miner in Soma, Turkey, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mehmet Demirci, Turkish Presidency Press Office, HO)

– Turkey’s energy minister said Friday that a maximum of 18 miners still remain underground inside a devastated coal mine and that he expect the final death toll to be around 300.

Although he did not spell it out, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz’s comments suggested that no one else was expected to come out alive from the mine in Soma, western Turkey.

Some 284 miners are known to have died in Turkey’s worst mining disaster.

“We believe that there are no more than 18 people inside the mine,” Yildiz told reporters. He said that was based on reports from families and data provided by the company.

Yildiz said a fire was still burning inside the mine, spreading noxious fumes, but that “it is declining.”

The minister said anyone found to have been negligent about safety at the mine could expect punishment. He said: “We won’t take any notice of their tears.”

Grieving relatives laid their dead to rest in mass burials Thursday, with photos of their loved ones pinned to their chests and chanting the names of lost miners. More funerals were planned for Friday.