An illegal miner has died while three others sustained serious injuries through a dynamite explosion at Akyem Amenam in the Birim North District in the Eastern Region last Friday.
The body of the miner, whose name was given only as Marfo, aged about 45 years, has been deposited at the morgue of the New Abirem Government Hospital for autopsy. The four miners went underground on realising that the dynamite had failed to go off at the expected time.
The Oda Divisional Police Command is investigating the cause of the incident and is also finding out whether the mining company is properly registered. He denied that his mining company, called Amenam Gold Mining Group, was operating illegally. He said the company was registered with the Minerals Commission.