Rescuers in Tanzania found the bodies of five small-scale gold miners who were buried underground after they illegally entered a pit to search for the precious metal in the western Kagera region, the Daily News reported.
Search teams rescued five men suffering serious injuries while more miners are believed to be still trapped, the state-run Dar es Salaam-based newspaper reported today, citing Henry Salewi, Kagera Regional Police Commander. The incident occurred on June 29, the newspaper reported.
The miners had invaded the site of the Tulawaka gold mine owned by African Barrick Gold Ltd., it said.
Calls outside regular working hours to the mobile phone of Barrick’s spokesman in Tanzania, Teweli K. Teweli, didn’t connect and e-mailed questions to him were not immediately answered. Tanzania is Africa’s fourth-largest gold producer after South Africa, Ghana and Mali.