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All 28 bodies recovered from Indonesian mine room

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May 21, 2013 11:14 PM EST | AP


JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rescuers have recovered all 28 bodies from a collapsed underground room inside the giant U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in Indonesia's province of Papua.

Thirty-eight workers were undergoing safety training inside the Big Gossan facility when the roof collapsed May 14. Ten injured miners were rescued.

A statement from the mine operator PT Freeport Indonesia said its Emergency Response Team recovered and identified the last victim early Wednesday.

Mining operations at the Grasberg mine have been suspended since the accident to respect the victims and concentrate on the recovery effort. The mine owned by Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. employs more than 20,000 workers.