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Zimbabwe: One person killed and others injured after ZCDC security guards shot at alleged illegal miners

Author: Abel Zhakata, The Herald (Zimbabwe), Published on: 7 August 2017

"Zimbabwe: Gunfire At Chiadzwa...One Person Killed, Three Seriously Injured", 25 July 2017

One person was killed, while three others were seriously injured when Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) Private Limited security guards fired at over 200 armed illegal diamond panners who broke into the firm's premises in Chiadzwa last week... ZCDC chief executive officer Dr Moris Mpofu said the company's security department was working with the police over the case...It is alleged that illegal panners cut the security fence around the Red Zone of Portal A diamond mining area at the plant..."The security guards ordered them to leave the mining site, but they resisted and threw stones at them. One of the guards fired three warning shots in the air in a bid to disperse the illegal panners but they kept on marching towards the sorting room...Upon realising that they were now under fierce attack, the eight security guards started firing towards the advancing illegal panners," said a source...

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