Collapsed gold mine kills at least 15 in Guinea

Written By: BBC

Many thousands of miners across Africa risk their lives looking for gold. Anadolu Agency

At least 15 people have been killed by a landslide at a clandestine gold mine in Guinea’s north-eastern Siguiri region.

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Overhanging rocks collapsed on Saturday morning, crushing some victims and burying others inside the mine.

A local Red Cross official said two women were among the dead and that it was likely more bodies would be found.

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“This site is already mined by machines. The miners had struck too far in. That’s how the earth, being very badly suspended, gave under,” Djanko Dansoko is quoted as saying by news site Guinee360.

Seventeen miners were killed in a landslide in Guinea two years ago, and a dozen more nine months later.

The search for gold attracts clandestine miners from Mali, Senegal and other West African countries.

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