- Associated Press - Monday, August 13, 2012

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ongoing violence at a platinum mine in South Africa has killed at least nine people, officials said Monday.

The violence is occurring at a Lonmin PLC mine near Marikana, a town about 40 miles northwest of Johannesburg. In a statement Monday, Lonmin said at least four mine workers have been killed in ongoing attacks. That figure includes two security guards who died Sunday when their car was set ablaze by angry miners.

Police Brig. Lindela Mashigo said two officers and three others were killed in more violent protests Monday.

Lonmin said the violence started when workers walked off the job Friday over pay, and it has escalated between two rival mining unions.

Lonmin is the world’s third-largest platinum producer. South Africa is one of the world’s coal, platinum and gold-producing giants.



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