A bombing by illegal miners on May 17 at Zijin Mining’s Buriticá gold mine in Colombia killed two people and injured 14.
Underground operations at the mine, which is located in the Antioquia province, were suspended following the incident.
“Zijin Mining is deeply shocked and outraged by the attack. We strongly condemn the heinous actions of the criminals and express our deepest sorrow and condolences for the two people who lost their lives. We also extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families of the perished and the injured,” said the miner.
The Colombian government has convened a security meeting to tackle the situation, noting that the attackers will be punished severely.
Zijin said it will work with local police so that “the perpetrators, masterminds, and financiers of the attack could be brought to justice as soon as possible.”
“We also call on the Colombian authorities to step up efforts to combat violence associated with illegal mining, and take effective measures to protect the legitimate rights of companies operating in Colombia and the safety of people working at their operations.”
Buriticá is operated by Continental Gold, of which Zijin Mining owns a 69.276% stake. It is among the world’s largest, ultra-high grade gold mines, grading at 6.93 g/t.
Source: Zijin Mining