FS cops retrieve 11 bodies after mine blast

The cause of the explosion is not yet known, but investigators are probing whether the unidentified bodies are those of illegal miners.

A mine. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Free State police have retrieved 11 bodies from the Eland shaft gold mine in Welkom following an explosion on Thursday.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known, but investigators are probing whether the unidentified bodies are those of illegal miners.

Yesterday police removed the bodies from a section of the shaft which is no longer operational.

The police's Thandi Mbambo explained: “For now we have registered a case for further investigation. Other bodies were found with name tags which indicate who the people were. This makes it easier for families to identify them.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)