Explosion at Burkina Faso Gold Mine Kills at Least 63

An explosion at a makeshift gold mine in a village in southwest Burkina Faso killed at least 63 people on Feb. 21, local officials said.

The death toll was previously at 59.

The explosion also injured dozens of people who were transported to the nearest hospital.

The blast occurred when a dynamite stored in a market at the gold mining site caught fire, BBC News reported, citing witnesses.

Burkina Faso’s news agency AIB reported that the regional prosecutor opened an investigation and at least one suspect has been arrested and held for questioning.

Emmanuel Zongo, the governor of the Wendinmanegdé region, ordered the closure of the mining site from Feb. 22 until further notice.

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