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Ivanhoe Mines reports fatality at Kamoa-Kakula

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(Kitco News) - Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN) (OTCQX: IVPAF) reported today that a fatal accident occurred at the Kamoa-Kakula copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to the company’s statement, the accident occurred underground at the Kakula mine when a contractor's employee was hit in the leg by a loose rock while he was working at one of the mine's working faces, which caused the employee to fall backwards, striking his head on a rock. Despite immediate first-aid assistance by his colleagues, he passed away at the accident scene.

Ivanhoe said that as well as investigating the accident internally, the Kamoa-Kakula senior management team and the contractor's management team are working with the DRC authorities to facilitate their investigation of the accident.

The Kamoa-Kakula copper project is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines (39.6%), Zijin Mining Group (39.6%), Crystal River Global Limited (0.8%) and the DRC government (20%).

Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company focused on advancing its three principal joint-venture projects in Southern Africa: the development of major new, mechanized, underground mines at the Kamoa-Kakula copper discoveries in the DRC and at the Platreef palladium-rhodium-platinum-nickel-copper-gold discovery in South Africa; and the extensive redevelopment and upgrading of the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-germanium-silver mine, also in the DRC.

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