Landslide kills 16 in Eritrean gold mine

Landslide kills 16 in Eritrean gold mine

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Addis Ababa, Jan 31: A landslide in a gold mine killed at least 16 people in southwestern Eritrea, state media outlet Eri-TV reported on Friday.

News of the landslide, which occurred on Jan 18, came out almost two weeks later due to the mine's remote location, Eri-TV said.

Three others are still missing and an additional 15 were injured.

All the victims were gold miners, Eri-TV said.

Authorities have been trying to close the mine, a traditional one, since 2014, because of safety fears, but locals did not heed official warnings. (UNI)