People mourn their relatives at the cemetery where some of the 301 people killed after an explosion and fire in a coal mine were buried, on May 18, 2014, at Soma in Manisa. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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Turkish police on Sunday detained 24 people, including mining executives, suspected of negligence over the disaster that killed 301 people and sparked fury at the government and officials, local media reported.Rescue operations ended on Saturday after the bodies of the last two trapped miners were retrieved following the country's worst ever industrial disaster in the western town of Soma. Soma Komur has vehemently denied any negligence.The labour ministry also denied culpability, saying the mine had been inspected every six months.On Saturday, at least 36 people, including eight lawyers, were arrested and held in a stadium in Soma after they attempted to make a statement.A total of 787 people were inside the mine when the blast hit, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.
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