AIM-listed gold miner Hummingbird Resources has reported a security incident at its Yanfolila mine in Mali which has resulted in “at least” the loss of three lives.
A group of people in the area of the Yanfolila mine have been attempting to stop Hummingbird Resources from carrying out initial site preparation work to extend mining operations into a new area – Komana West – which falls within the company’s permit.
The plan to do so had been previously agreed with local community leaders, the government of Mali’s Ministry of Mines and local government.
Hummingbird Resources has been informed by the Malian National Guard that while upholding the rule of law, requested of them by the government of Mali, a security incident occurred.
“Very regrettably, we have been informed that this incident has led to the loss of at least three lives (two of which are believed not to be Malian nationals).”
The company has expressed its sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased and others affected by this incident.
All Hummingbird employees and contractors are safe. The process plant continues to operate at this time.
The government of Mali has a 20% interest in the Yanfolila gold mine and the mine has a 95% Malian work force.
Diversified mining services company Ausdrill’s wholly owned subsidiary, African Mining Services (AMS), is providing mining services for Hummingbird Resources and also confirms that its employees are safe.