Eritrea – Nevsun Resources’ local subsidiary Bisha Mining Share Company’s Bisha mine has come under attack as an anti-government campaign by Eritrean armed opposition are increasing the risk of attacks against ground cargo and mining sites in the east African country.
This is according to law firm ENS which highlighted the news in its latest Africa business in brief.
Eritrean opposition group the Eritrean National Salvation Front (ENSF) confirmed on March 11, 2015 that it vandalised machinery and destroyed trucks, used to transport cargoes of mixed and precious metals from Bisha mine to Massawa port, stationed at a government distribution depot just southeast of the capital, Asmara.
The ENSF later claimed that its armed units would target foreign companies that had arranged deals with the Eritrean government.
According to the independent Eritrean press, the ENSF subsequently destroyed a security patrol’s vehicle with a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher on 13 March near Agordat, close to the Bisha mining project, which is the country’s largest foreign investment.
A water-processing plant located at Bisha was also reportedly vandalised by the ENSF in March.
Nevsun also confirmed on 22 March that “acts of vandalism” had temporarily suspended operations until 28 March. Nevsun released a statement saying that additional safeguards have been adopted to ensure site and personnel safety and security while the Eritrean and mine security forces undertake an investigation into the vandalism.
There has been no government comment on the alleged attacks or any further details released on the three attacks.