Thirty-six illegal miners have been killed in an underground fire at a disused mine in South Africa.
The bodies were brought to the surface at the weekend at Harmony Gold’s Eland mine in Free State province.
The firm said 300 illegal miners had been arrested in the province over the past two weeks and would be prosecuted.
Illegal mining is rife in South Africa where prospectors often sneak past security at one mine and then exit from a different shaft miles away.
“The bodies of 36 criminal miners have been brought to surface at the shaft during the past weekend by fellow criminal miners,” Harmony said in a statement, reported Reuters news agency.
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