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Security contractor killed in armed attack at Harmony Gold

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(Kitco News) - A reaction unit supervisor employed by a contracted security company was fatally wounded in an armed attack at Harmony Gold’s Kalgold mining operation in the North West province, said Harmony Gold (JSE:HAR) today.

The attack happened in the early hours of Friday morning. Due to the additional security measures, Harmony said no gold was stolen.

"As the incident is now the subject of an investigation by the South African Police Service, no further information will be disclosed by the company at this time," said the company in a news release.

The Minerals Council South Africa said more must be done to prevent violent assaults.

"In the past year alone, the gold industry alone has suffered nine significant attacks that have seen employees and security personnel held hostage and assaulted. Two people have been murdered in two attacks, the most recent being an attack at Harmony Gold’s Kalgold Plant this morning," said the Minerals Council South Africa.

Yesterday Harmony Gold reported that an employee died in a rail incident.

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