An explosion at a gold mining site reportedly killed 59 people in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso — A large explosion near a gold mining site in southwestern Burkina Faso killed 59 people and injured more than 100 on Monday, national broadcasters and witnesses reported.

According to the RTB report, provisional tolls were provided by local authorities after the explosion in the village of Gbomblora. The explosion was believed to have been caused by the chemicals used to dispose of the gold stored on site.

“I saw corpses everywhere. Forestry Corps Sansan Kanbow, who was on the scene during the explosion, told the Associated Press by phone.

He said the first explosion occurred around 2 pm, and after people ran for their lives, another explosion occurred.

Burkina Faso is Africa’s fastest growing gold producer and is currently the fifth largest gold producer on the African continent, making gold the country’s most important export. The industry employs about 1.5 million people and was worth about $ 2 billion in 2019.

Small gold mines like Gbomblora have grown in recent years, with about 800 nationwide. According to the South African-based Security Institute, much of the gold is smuggled into neighboring Togo, Benin, Niger and Ghana.

Small mines have also been reported to be used by al-Qaeda, which has been attacking domestically since 2016, and jihad associated with Islamic State. I’m looking for a shelter.

Mining experts say small mines are less regulated than industrial mines and can therefore be more dangerous.

Marsena Hunter, Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative, said: A think tank based in Switzerland.

Associated Press


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