15 people killed in Guinea gold mine collapse

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

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

A government spokesman has said the “exact circumstances and causes of the tragedy” will be investigated.

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

On Sunday, rescuers were still digging through the rubbles, searching for survivors.

The bodies of the 15 artisanal miners, who were all male and between the ages of 14 and 40 were retrieved by Saturday evening.

They were buried in a mass grave after funeral rites were performed.

The gold mine lies outside the city of Siguiri, 800 kilometres from the capital, Conakry.

The mine attracts both industrial machinery and artisanal miners who dig with manual tool




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