Zambian police arrest 12 over Chinese mine boss killing
LUSAKA (AFP) - Zambia's police arrested 12 people over the death of a Chinese manager in a wage riot at a Sino-owned coal mine known for sometimes violent tensions with workers, a spokesman said on Monday.
"We have arrested 12 people in connection with the killing of a Chinese manager at Collum Coal mine, although we have not yet charged them," southern province police commissioner Fred Mutondo told AFP.
"Not all the 12 are employees of the mine. Some are villagers that joined in the riot." Mr Wu Shengzai, 50, died after being hit by a trolley which was pushed toward him as he fled underground. A Chinese colleague was also injured in the attack in Sinazongwe, 325km south of Lusaka.
Chinese investment in the world's biggest copper producer topped US$1 billion (S$1.24 billion) in 2010 but tensions over working conditions have dogged the Asian giant's relations with locals.