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Desdly attack on Aquarius African mine
The Kroondal platinum mine in South African.

Three people have died in a violent invasion of a South African mine operated by listed WA firm Aquarius Platinum.

A group of about 200 people, some of whom were armed and threw petrol bombs, stormed the Kroondal platinum mine site yesterday afternoon, Aquarius said.

The group are believed to be former employees of a mine contractor who were dismissed after taking illegal strike action in June.

"It is confirmed that three people have died and at least 20 others were injured in this incident," Aquarius said in a statement today.

About 450 mine staff on site at the time have since been evacuated and operations suspended.

South African police had taken charge of the situation and were working to restore order, Aquarius said.

The Kroondal facility, located in South Africa's North West Province, is Aquarius' largest mine.

Aquarius operates several mines in South Africa, and is listed on the Australian, London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

The West Australian

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