Gold mine collapses in Guinea, killing 13

CONAKRY, Guinea — A hand-dug gold mine has collapsed in the West African nation of Guinea, killing at least 13 people, a government spokesman said. Information Minister Justin Morel said ten people were also unaccounted for after the collapse Wednesday in the northern town of Siguiri, and five were seriously. It was not known what triggered the accident, but collapses are often caused by poorly constructed mine shafts dug deep into the earth. Speaking on state television late Thursday, Morel gave no details, saying only that “a joint defense and security team has been dispatched to the area to further investigate.” Hundreds of bush mines surround gold-rich towns like Siguiri, and including countless children who earn a desperate living searching down deep pits and trenches for the ore.

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