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2 policemen 'hacked to death' at South African mine clash

Published on Aug 14, 2012 9:45 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South African workers on Monday hacked to death two police officers who came to quell deadly clashes between rival unions that claimed eight lives at a platinum mine run by leading producer Lonmin, police said.

"Our police officers were responding to a protest at the mine. They came under attack from the workers and two of them were hacked to death," said police spokesman Lindela Mashego.

A third officer is in critical condition in hospital following the unrest at Lonmin's Western Platinum mine about 100km from Johannesburg.

The firearms belonging to the officers were stolen.

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