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30 killed in South Africa's Lonmin Marikana mine clashes

  • More than 30 people were killed in clashes between police and striking miners at a South African mine on Thursday.

    Police opened fire after they failed to disperse some 3,000 strikers armed with clubs and machetes at the Marikana mine.

    The miners had gathered for a pay rise of more than $1,000 a month. It is not yet clear what led police to open fire but eyewitness reports suggest the shooting occurred after a group of protesters rushed towards the police officers.

    The Lonmin-owned platinum mine has been at the centre of a violent pay dispute, spurred by tensions between two rival trade unions.

    The incident was one of the bloodiest police operations since apartheid.

    10 people had already died due to the violence since the strike began a week ago.