A Bosnian coal miner is helped by friends as he exits the Raspotocje mine in the central town of Zenica during rescue operations September 5, 2014. (AFP Photo/Elvis Barukcic)
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One by one, rescue workers pulled 29 miners out of a trouble-plagued coal mine Friday after it had collapsed a day earlier in central Bosnia.It was the third incident at the Zenica coal mine this year. A total of 16 miners were hurt in two previous gas explosions, the most recent less than four weeks ago. The mine is also the site of one of the greatest mining tragedies in Bosnia's history, when 39 miners were killed in a gas explosion in 1982 .Mine manager Civic, however, insisted that "mine accidents cannot be avoided".Still, he conceded that the Zenica mine -- once among the most modern in Europe -- is now far from the world standard, following Bosnia's 1992-95 war that impoverished the country.
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