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newsNews24 reports that police have been placed on high alert in Orkney in North West where six suspected illegal miners have been killed and 35 more were arrested after an attack on security guards at a mine.

On Wednesday, more than 30 people were arrested on charges of attempted murder, causing an explosion, malicious damage to property and conspiracy to commit a crime. The attack came after a group forcefully tried to access the mine property to provide food to illegal miners working underground. Illegal miners were reportedly using a ventilation shaft to enter and exit various shafts, and the mine management decided to close it to prevent further illegal mining. This effectively stopped the supply of foodstuffs and water to underground miners, and some attempted to create a hole with explosives on Saturday. By Sunday, more than 500 people had already exited the shaft. More alleged illegal miners exited the shaft on Wednesday afternoon, which led to a confrontation with mine security guards. "The arrests came after a group of approximately 300 illegal miners, commonly known as 'zama zamas', attacked and shot at the security officers and later the police in an attempt to forcefully provide foodstuffs to their fellow illegal miners who were underground," police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone reported. The arrested suspects are expected to appear in court soon.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicole McCain at News24
  • Lees ook, Ses sterf, 30 vas in skietery tussen polisie, onwettige myners, by Maroela Media

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