Firefighters have rescued 35 miners trapped underground after an explosion in eastern Germany.
However 35 other people were still underground when there was a blast at the Teutschenthal facility, near Halle.
Two workers were injured – one of them seriously – and taken to hospital after the incident, which happened at 9am local time.
The others made it to the rescue area – some 700 meters (2,300 feet) underground.
Officials began to to bring the miners up to the surface via an intact shaft, according to local media.
Firefighters arrive at the scene after an explosion at the Teutschenthal mine near Halle, Germany
35 people were underground when there was a blast at the Teutschenthal mine (Picture: DPA) A huge rescue operation is underway Two people have been injured in the blast
Broadcaster MDR reported that firefighters have successfully carried out a rescue operation, and shortly afterwards local police tweeted: ‘All personnel have been rescued’. Those below the ground had made it to secure areas with oxygen supplies, the state mining authority in Saxony-Anhalt said. The facility is a former potash mine where mineral waste is now stored. Officials have not confirmed what might have caused the explosion. This is a breaking story. More to follow.