(QHA) -

At least 15 people have been injured as a bus carrying miners came under shelling in Lugansk Region, eastern Ukraine. The bombardment almost ripped the bus apart, according to local witnesses.

‘As a result of the shell which hit the bus, more than 15 people have been injured. There are also killed [miners],” said an official statement from DTEK company.

The bus was transporting the miners from Donbass Fuel-Energy Company (DTEK) to their workplace when it came under artillery fire at about 5:40pm local time (14:40 GMT). It is still unclear who carried out the attack.

The company has decided to stop the work of some of its facilities in the region due to avoid similar tragedies.

DTEK is an energy holding company with HQ in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. It is the largest private vertically integrated energy holding in the country.

Established in 2005, the company employs about 140,000 people. In February, 2013, DTEK controlled about 50 percent of Ukraine's coal production.

DTEK ones bring about 41.4 million tons of coal annually.

QHA