Sierra Leone halts mining after 2 die in diamond riots

Author: Katrina Manson, Reuters, Published on: 14 December 2007

Sierra Leone ordered the country's biggest diamond mine to suspend operations on Friday pending an investigation into riots in which two people died and several were hospitalised in the eastern mining town of Koidu. Police used tear gas and live bullets to disperse more than 400 protesters who looted equipment and destroyed a generator at mining company Koidu Holdings' concession on Thursday.

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Related companies: Koidu Holdings (part of Beny Steinmetz Group)