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Police Arrest Suspect In N. China Landslide

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A Foreman And No. 2 Suspect Behind A Fatal Landslide In The Northern Shanxi Province Was Arrested In The Neighboring Shaanxi Province On Sunday, the Local Authority Said On Monday.

Zheng Jiabao, 46, a Foreman Of The Unlicensed Tashan Mine Who Left The Collapsed Iron Ore Retaining Pond Area With His Wife After The Accident, was Caught In A Hotel In His Hometown Shanyang County, at 7 A.m. On Sunday, a County Public Security Official Said.

Zhang Peiliang, the Owner Of The Mine, had Been Arrested.

The Unlicensed Iron Ore Dregs Retaining Pond In Xiangfen City Burst On Sept. 8, discharging A Huge Torrent Of Tailings, mud And Rock That Devastated A Downstream Village, an Office Building And A Busy Outdoor Market.

The Death Toll From The Accident Has Risen To 265 With Several Still Listed As Missing By 5 P.m. On Sunday.

An Initial Investigation Found The Collapse Was Due To Negligence. The Tailings Dumping Pond Was Built In Violation Of Regulations And Had Few Safety Inspections.

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