Zimbabwe gold mine gas blast kills seven

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Seven people including six foreigners have died when gas cylinders exploded at the SAS gold mine in Zimbabwe's Mazowe district, police say.

The six foreigners were Chinese, Mazowe lawmaker Fortune Chasi told Reuters.

"When I got there, the police were collecting the bodies. Ministry of mines officials and other government officials were there trying to establish what exactly happened," Chasi said.

The explosion happened at the mine about 50km north of the capital Harare, police said.

Officers were "investigating the circumstances in which six foreign nationals as well as a Zimbabwean died when some gas cylinders exploded at SAS mine," police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.

Another person was critically injured and taken to a local hospital, Nyathi added.

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