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21 Feb, 2022 23:51

At least 59 killed in mining blast – media

An explosion struck a mining site in Burkina Faso, known for its rapidly growing gold mining industry
At least 59 killed in mining blast – media

A powerful explosion near a gold mining site in Burkina Faso has killed at least 59 people, according to media reports citing witnesses and “regional authorities.” More than 100 people were reportedly injured in the blast. 

The explosion occurred on Monday afternoon in the village of Gbomblora in southern Burkina Faso. The blast is believed to have been triggered by chemicals being used to treat gold at what was reportedly a makeshift mining site, though local officials have told state media the actual cause is not yet known, according to Reuters

One witness, a forest ranger named Samson Kambou who was on site during the explosion, described seeing bodies “everywhere” following the blast.

“I saw bodies everywhere. It was horrible,” she told AP.

Images of the destruction at the site after the explosion have been posted on social media, showing leveled trees and equipment, and bodies being covered with mats.

Burkina Faso is home to numerous gold mining sites, some of which are informal setups with minimal regulation, and is the fifth-biggest producer of gold in Africa.

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