IAMGOLD says all Essakane personnel returned safe following 'security incident'
(Kitco News) - Today, IAMGOLD (TSX: IMG) (NYSE: IAG) reported that the two individuals who were unaccounted for following the security incident in Burkina Faso reported on October 29, 2021, have been safely located.
"The incident is now resolved, with all employees and contractors involved in the incident accounted for and safe. The Essakane mine site remains secured and our operations are not affected. At this time, the company does not expect a negative material impact on production," the company said in a statement.
IAMGOLD added that it remains strongly committed to ensuring the health, safety and security of personnel and operations, and that the company continues to monitor and assess the security situation and make appropriate precautionary adaptations.
The company also noted it is offering support to the personnel involved, colleagues and families and continues to engage with the relevant authorities and other partners in Burkina Faso in connection with security in the region around Essakane and its routes.
IAMGOLD is a mid-tier gold mining company operating in three regions globally: North America, South America and West Africa. The company's operating mines include Essakane in Burkina Faso, Rosebel (including Saramacca) in Suriname and Westwood in Canada.
Additionally, the company owns the Côté Gold construction project in Canada, the Boto Gold development project in Senegal, as well as greenfield and brownfield exploration projects in various countries located in the Americas and West Africa.