Rescuers found five bodies after a mudslide buried 12 unlicensed gold miners in Indonesia’s West Java province, police said Thursday.
The miners were working in a quarry in Bogor district when the side of the excavation slipped and they were buried in earth on Tuesday, local police chief Suyudi Ario said.
The bodies were found late Wednesday and early Thursday, Suyudi said.
Rescuers were still looking for seven others.
Scores of traditional miners have died in mudslides in the area since the gold rush began in the 1990s.
State-owned mining company Aneka Tambang also operates a full-scale mine in the area.