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Three soldiers die, five hurt in raid on illegal gold mine in French Guiana

Section: Daily Dispatches

From Deutsche Welle, Bonn, Germany
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Three French soldiers have died during an operation against illegal gold mining in the South American territory of French Guiana, authorities said today.

The troops were in a tunnel, laying explosives to destroy an underground mining complex, when they were poisoned by noxious fumes, the French Defense Ministry said.

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Five other soldiers who also inhaled the fumes were airlifted to the territory's capital, Cayenne. One is still in a serious condition, the ministry said. ...

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