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Violence in southern Mali as gold company ransacked

Riots broke out in Kéniéba in southern Mali where government buildings were ransacked following a dispute between workers and management at two gold mines, owned by the company Randgold.

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A statement from the local authorities said the rioters attacked a government official’s office and home, and burnt voter identification cards that were to be used in next month’s presidential election.

Last month, workers went on strike at Loulo and Gounkoto mines over bonus payments but the dispute appeared to have been resolved within a day.

It is not yet clear what sparked Monday’s violence.

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