Six killed in explosion at illegal gold mine in Colombia

Rescue personnel coordinate to search for missing miners after an explosion at an underground coal mine in Cucunuba, Colombia, June 24, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 30 July 2017
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Six killed in explosion at illegal gold mine in Colombia

COLOMBIA: Six security contractors working for Canadian-listed miner Continental Gold were killed after an explosion at an illegal gold mine in central Colombia, the company said on Saturday.
The explosion took place on Friday in the Buritica municipality of Antioquia province when the contractors surprised a group of illegal miners in a shaft they were inspecting, Continental said. One of the seven contractors survived.
Illegal mining is widespread in Colombia and accidents and civil unrest around mines are not uncommon.
“The contractors were performing routine underground inspections of a government-closed illegal mine,” Continental said in a statement on its website.
“Upon entering the underground mine, the contractors were accosted by illegal miners, followed by a subsequent explosion,” Continental said. “The company is looking to authorities to enforce the rule of law to prevent this kind of tragic event from ever happening again.”
The inspection of the illegal mine was mandated by the government.
The regional disaster authority earlier in the day released initial details of the incident but said the cause of the explosion was not yet clear. It did not provide details on the number or condition of the illegal miners.
The Continental statement did not elaborate on the cause of the explosion.


UN team to investigate ‘horrific’ massacre in central Mali

Updated 26 March 2019
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UN team to investigate ‘horrific’ massacre in central Mali

  • UN human rights office spokeswoman says the massacre in Ogossagou, in Mali’s Mopti region, mostly targeted people from the ethnic Fulani, or Peuhl, community

GENEVA: The United Nations is deploying crime-scene investigators, human rights officers and a child protection expert to central Mali to investigate intercommunal violence over the weekend that killed more than 150 people, one-third of them children.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani of the UN human rights office says the massacre in Ogossagou, in Mali’s Mopti region, mostly targeted people from the ethnic Fulani, or Peuhl, community.
She said Tuesday the “horrific attacks” signal a “spike in killings” in a cycle of violence in the region that has caused 600 deaths and displaced thousands since last March.
Shamdasani said the attacks appeared to be motivated by an effort to eliminate violent Islamic extremist groups active in Mali, but that “millions of people are being painted as violent extremists simply because they are Muslim.”