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China sacks executives, officials after Shanxi coal mine accident

[BEIJING] Senior company executives and local officials have been removed from their jobs following a deadly accident in a northern China coal mine, state media reported.

Ten people, including chairman of Shanxi Lv Xin Co, a subsidiary of Jinneng Group, and local officials, have been sacked for negligence of duties, the report said late on Monday.

Eight people were killed and one was missing in a coal mine accident on Aug. 11 in Jinzhong city in Shanxi province, China's largest coal producing region, the report added.

China's government is stepping up safety and environmental checks on industrial facilities such as coal mines and petrochemical plants in a broadening campaign to curb pollution.