At least 3 people killed in Nandi goldmine blast

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NANDI, Kenya, Jan 24 – At least three people were killed in a blast at a gold mine site in Kibisem in Tinderet, Nandi County.

According to police, the incident at Karebe Gold Mines Monday afternoon also left six other people with serious injuries, police and locals said.

Officers were told that there was a loud blast from the gold mine site with the miners still inside the tunnel.

There are gold fields in the area and many villagers flock there to make a living.

Many of them are classified illegal and locals claimed the incident was the first one to happen there.

According to police, the miners used explosives to demolish a huge rock therein leading to the deaths and injuries.

There were two groups in different tunnels but targeting the same rock for the deposits and both were using the explosives for excavation, survivors told police.

It was then rescue teams were sent to the area and retrieved three bodies and six others who had serious injuries.

Those injured were admitted to the Nandi Hills Sub County hospital in critical condition, police said.

Rift Valley police boss Tom Odero said experts had been sent to the scene to assess its safety for further action.

Source : Capital FM