More than 60 killed in gold mine collapse in Sudan's Darfur

A member of parliament from the area said it happened on Monday, but word had only reached Khartoum on Thursday.

More than 60 killed in gold mine collapse in Sudan's Darfur

World Bulletin/News Desk

More than 60 miners were killed this week in Sudan's Darfur region when the gold mine they were working in collapsed, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Ahmed Amr said fighting had broken out in January between two tribes over access to the mine in the Jebel Amir area of North Darfur, and authorities had closed it after several people were killed in the violence. It had since reopened.

A member of parliament from the area said the mine collapsed on Monday, and word had only reached Khartoum on Thursday. A witness told Reuters by phone that rescue efforts had failed.

Half a million artisan miners have joined a gold rush across Sudan, according to the government, which estimates it made $2.5 billion from gold exports last year.

Despite the presence of the world's largest peacekeeping mission, UNAMID, fighting between Sudan's army and rebels has continues, alongside banditry and tribal clashes.

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