Ausdrill has confirmed that employees from subsidiary, African Mining Services, are safe following a security incident at its contract with Hummingbird Resources in Mali.
The incident at the Yanfolila gold operation left three people dead, according to London-listed Hummingbird, which reported on Tuesday that a limited number of people in the local area had disputed the company’s plan in recent days.
Hummingbird’s plan, previously agreed with local community leaders, the Government of Mali’s Ministry of Mines and local government, involved extending mining operations within the company’s permit area to Yanfolila’s Komana West deposit.
“The company has been informed by the Malian National Guard that while upholding the rule of law, requested of them by the Government of Mali, a security incident occurred,” Hummingbird said in an announcement.
“Very regrettably, we have been informed that this incident has led to the loss of at least three lives (two of which are believed not to be Malian nationals).”
All Hummingbird employees and contractors are safe, the company added, with the process plant continuing to operate.
The Government of Mali owns a 20 per cent share in the mine, which has a 95 per cent Malian workforce.