The search for about 100 workers believed to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan's Darfur region has ended after nine rescuers also became trapped, a colleague of the miners said on Saturday.
"Today the searching has stopped because it was too dangerous," the man said from the scene of the tragedy in Jebel Amir district, more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) northwest of North Darfur state capital El Fasher.
The unlicensed desert mine began to collapse on Monday, and several days later the stench of death was seeping out of the baked earth.
Nine rescuers disappeared Thursday when the earth collapsed around them, the miner said, adding that eight bodies had been recovered.
It was not clear whether they were rescuers or miners.
Nobody else had been found, alive or dead, said the miner, who asked to remain anonymous.
"According to what I got from my people here yesterday, they didn't find anybody (else)," he told AFP on Saturday.