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South Africa investigates police mine killings
South Africa mine killing: Investigators comb the scene of the crime
South Africa mine killing: Investigators comb the scene of the crime
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outh African President Jacob Zuma has ordered an official inquiry into the police killing of 34 platinum mine workers on Friday at a mine in Marikana, northwest of Johannesburg. The massacre was the deadliest security operation in the country since the end of apartheid. A confrontation between striking miners, who were demanding higher wages, and police turned into a gun battle. Police spokesman Capt. Dennis Adraio said that there is video to prove that police used "all possible methods of crowd management using minimum force before having to resort to self-defense." In addition to the deaths, 78 people were wounded and 259 were arrested.

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