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9 KILLED IN YELLOWKNIFE GOLD MINE BLAST

Nine miners were killed when an underground explosion ripped through the Giant Yellowknife gold mine Friday morning, and police suspected foul play.

"It's our feeling that there was criminal activity," said Inspector Dennis Clark of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Yellowknife.He said a criminal investigation had been launched but would not say whether he believed the blast was related to a bitter labor dispute at the mine, 600 miles north of Edmonton, Alberta.

There have been several explosions at the mine since miners went on strike May 23.