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UXO blast kills six gold miners in Tawila, North Darfur

March 27 - 2016 TAWILA
Workers break rocks at the Wad Bushara gold mine in El Gedaref, 27 April 2013 (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)
Workers break rocks at the Wad Bushara gold mine in El Gedaref, 27 April 2013 (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)

Six people were killed in an explosion when the vehicle they were travelling in exploded west of Tabit in Tawila locality on Friday.

One of the passengers who sustained light injuries told Radio Dabanga that they were on their way to explore for gold in the area of Juneg, 30 kilometres west of Tabit. “Not far from Juneg, the Toyota pick-up truck we were in hit a piece of unexploded ordnance (UXO).”

He said that apart from the six gold miners killed, three others were seriously injured.

Years of conflict have left Darfur littered with potentially deadly explosives and munitions (UXO). Radio Dabanga appeals to listeners throughout Darfur (and elsewhere in our reception area) not to touch any ‘unexploded’ grenades or other ammunition found in the field. Mark its position clearly to alert others, and report it immediately to a camp elder, Unamid and/or the local police.


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