SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Committee of Muslims of Crimea expresses its condolences to Turkish people amid the tragic coal mine explosion in Manisa, Turkey, that killed hundreds of people.

It is a great tragedy and irreparable loss. Muslims of Crimea express sincere condolences to Turkish people. We pray the Almighty Allah to give courage and strength to the bereaved families.

At least 247 miners have been killed and hundreds more remain trapped underground after the explosion and fire in the coalmine in the western Turkish province of Manisa.

A three-day national mourning was declared over the mining disaster, and preparations for the upcoming Youth and Sports Day celebrations on May 19 were mostly cancelled.

After latest deaths were confirmed, the accident is described as Turkey's worst mining disaster in history.

QHA