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36 illegal miners die in Congo copper mine collapse

Written by Maritime First

…As 15 people killed in clan violence in Somalia***

Authorities in Congo told dpa on Thursday that 36 illegal miners have died in a collapse at a copper mine in south-east Congo.

Richard Muyej, governor of Lualaba, where the accident at the Kamoto Copper Company took place confirmed that the“the current death toll is 36 miners’’.

Muyej said that the “the miners there were illegal’’ adding that a search for bodies was ongoing.

Congo is rich in minerals like copper and cobalt and accidents in mines are not uncommon.

Copper is a chemical element that is soft and  malleable with very high thermal and electrical conductivity.

Copper is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, as a building material, and as a constituent of various metal alloys, such as sterling silver used in jewelry.

It is also used in cupronickel to make marine hardware, coins, constantan used in strain gauges and thermocouples for temperature measurement.

In the meantime, no fewer than 15 people were killed on Thursday in fierce fighting between two rival clans in central Somalia, a local security official told dpa.

More than 10 others were injured and many were displaced by the fighting in the Mataban district of Hiiraan province in Abdi Yare Elmi.

“The conflict between two rival clan is all about grazing land ownership in the area’’ said Dahir Yusuf, a traditional leader in Mataban.

Troubled Somalia’s population is divided into clans and sub-clans that often engage in territorial disputes and political arguments.

Fighting among clans and subclans, particularly over water and land resources, usually occurs throughout the year, particularly in the regions of Hiiraan, Galmudug, Lower and Middle Shabelle, and Sool.

Clan-based political violence involved revenge killings and attacks on civilian settlements.

Clashes between clan-based forces and with al-Shabaab in Puntland and the Galmudug, Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Lower Juba, Baidoa, and Hiiraan regions often result in deaths.





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