EPA 2012-08-16 19:00:54 South African police kill striking mineworkers
(FILE) A file photo dated 17 January 2008 showing a general view of the platinum mine operated by Lonmin near Rustenburg, 100km north-west of Johannesburg, South Africa. Several people were killed 16 August 2012 when South African police opened fire on thousands of mine workers who were participating in an illegal strike at a northern platinum mine, eNews broadcaster reported. There were reports that some strikers had opened fire on the police, prompting a heavy return volley of shots from the armed officers. Ten people have been confirmed dead since violence broke out at the Lonmin mine in the North-West province on Friday, including security guards and two police officers. Some were burned or hacked to death. EPA/JON HRUSA
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