At Least 30 Gold Miners Killed In Tunnel Collapse In Northern Afghanistan

At least 30 Afghans were killed on Sunday (Jan 6) when the tunnel they were digging in to mine gold in northern Afghanistan collapsed, officials said.

Officials said the victims were villagers who were mining for gold illegally, rather than in a government project.

"Poor villagers during winters try to compensate their earnings by pursuing illegal mining. They dig tunnels to enter the mines," Nek Mohammad Nazari, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.