Mine operator denies any wrongdoing, negligence in mine disaster

MANISA (CIHAN)- The operator of the Turkish mine in which at least 284 people have died said on Friday the fire had not been linked to an electricity sub-station as some initial reports suggested, but that a build-up of heat had caused a partial collapse, adding that there was no negligence on the company’s side.

“We still do not know how the accident happened. There is no negligence of ours in this incident. We all worked heart and soul,” said AkIn elik, the plant manager of the mine, run by Soma Holding.

“It was an unbelievable accident in a place where there have been very few accidents in 30 years,” said Soma Holding Chairman Alp Gurkan, describing the operation as “a mine with top-level miners, accepted as being the most trustworthy and organized.”

Energy Minister Taner YIldIz said Friday that anyone found to have been negligent about safety at the mine could expect punishment. He said: “We won’t take any notice of their tears.”