The US Secretary of State offers condolences to Turkey

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken offered his condolences for the victims of a mine explosion in Barten state, northern Turkey, which killed 41 people.

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“We are saddened by the loss of life in the Barton mine explosion,” Blinken said in a tweet on Twitter on Sunday. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, and we wish a full recovery for the injured.”

And on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the death toll from the Barton mine explosion had risen to 41.

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Energy Minister Fatih Donmez had announced that preliminary investigations showed that the explosion that occurred Friday was caused by a gas leak.