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Gunmen kill nine in Peru gold mine attack

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Nine individuals were tragically killed, and over a dozen more sustained injuries in an attack on the Poderosa gold mine in Peru’s Pataz province. 

The incident unfolded on Saturday, leaving the region reeling from this shocking act of violence.

A group of unidentified assailants, described by authorities as “armed criminals,” stormed the mine, engaging in a violent confrontation with the company’s security personnel. The ensuing clash resulted in the deaths of seven security guards who valiantly attempted to repel the attack, as well as two miners who perished when explosives were thrown into the mine shaft.

In the aftermath of the attack, 15 individuals were initially reported to have been injured. However, local media outlets later revised the figure to 23 wounded, highlighting the severity of the incident.

The motive behind the attack remains under investigation, leaving authorities and the community grappling with unanswered questions.

This tragic event marks the second major mining-related incident in Peru this year. In May, a fire at a gold mine in the southern Arequipa region claimed the lives of at least 27 workers, underscoring the inherent risks associated with mining activities.

Mining plays a crucial role in Peru’s economy, contributing over 8% of the country’s GDP. 

The Peruvian government has pledged to thoroughly investigate the attack on the Poderosa mine and bring the perpetrators to justice. 

 

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