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Friday, August 17, 2012

South Africa Mine Shooting Leaves more than 30 Dead

Officers who opened fire on striking workers at a mine in South Africa killed more than 30 people, according to the country's police ministry.

Spokesman Zweli Mnisi gave the figure after the shooting at the Lonmin PLC platinum mine in Marikana, northwest of Johannesburg, on Thursday.

Police opened fire with automatic weapons when 3,000 striking drill operators armed with machetes and sticks ignored orders to disperse.

At least another 10 people - including two police officers - have died during the protest and ensuing violence at the mine, which began a week ago. It has also drastically affected production at the site.

President Jacob Zuma said he was "shocked and dismayed" at what was one of the bloodiest police operations since the end of white-minority rule in 1994. Read More