Illegal gold mine collapse kills 18 in Indonesia

The collapse occurred before noon yesterday in west Borneo, in a hilly area where illegal gold mining is rampant, the official said.

By: Agence France Presse | Jakarta | Updated: October 5, 2014 3:27 pm

Eighteen people were killed including sixteen males and two females after an illegal gold mine collapsed in remote central Indonesia, a search and rescue official said today.

The collapse occurred before noon yesterday in west Borneo, in a hilly area where illegal gold mining is rampant, the official said.

“We conducted a search operation last night, but we have stopped the operation now as we have found all of the bodies reported to be missing,” local rescue official Leonardus Sabar Umbara told AFP.

The victims included a 17-year-old male, Umbara added.

Illegal gold mining has boomed in Indonesia in recent years as the price of the precious metal has surged, and deaths are common.

In July, a landslide killed nine men at an illegal gold mine in remote Papua province.

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