The Mineral Commission has directed Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited to suspend its mining operations at its Gbane mining site with immediate effect.
The directive follows the death of some 14 small-scale miners (galamseyers) who died through suffocation while mining in some pits, following the detonation of explosives around the Shaanxi mine at Gbane in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.
Class91.3FM’s regional correspondent William Jalula reported that the incident happened Wednesday dawn after Shaanxi detonated the explosives to mine ore.
In their attempt to steal some of the ore, however, the illegal miners got suffocated in the pits.
Some of the miners died instantly after inhaling deadly fumes from the blast.