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(Press Release): AngloGold Ashanti debunk stories of illegal miners trapped Underground

Anglogold Ashanti Obuasi Mine has debunked stories circulating on social media platforms and some online news portals that a section of illegal miners have been trapped in their underground working areas. According to the Mine, “intrusion of illegal miners into their underground workings remains a significantly dangerous activity”.

The response also mentioned that the Mine “will work alongside authorities to ensure that only authorized mine personnel and contractors can access underground work areas.”

Read the full statement below:

AngloGold Ashanti Ghana notes yesterday, the arrest of 11 illegal miners apprehended by authorities after exiting underground workings at the Obuasi Gold Mine.

Authorities and mine security personnel have conducted a patrol of underground workings in the northern area of the mine and are not aware of anyone remaining underground. Any unauthorized persons who may still be underground are encouraged to leave the mine at any time by the exit points where public security personnel are stationed. Intrusion of illegal miners into our underground workings remains a significantly dangerous activity and AngloGold Ashanti Ghana will work alongside authorities to ensure that only authorized mine personnel and contractors can access underground work areas. Safety of staff, security and all community members remain the highest priority.

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