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Ivanhoe Mines reports fatality at Kamoa-Kakula

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

In a statement, the company said that a fatal accident occurred underground at the Kakula mine when Mr. Mick Ilunga, a contractor drill rig operator, was struck by a fall of ground, adding that a second contractor drill rig operator is receiving medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Ivanhoe Mines noted that Kamoa Copper is undertaking a comprehensive internal investigation into the accident and is working with the DRC authorities to facilitate their investigation of the accident.

“On behalf of the Kamoa Copper Joint Venture, Ivanhoe Mines extends its deepest condolences to the grieving family and friends of Mr. Ilunga,” the company said.

Ivanhoe Mines also reported that mining activities at the Kakula underground mine have temporarily ceased. The Phase 1 and 2 concentrators continue to operate, drawing from surface ore stockpiles.

Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company focused on advancing its three principal projects in Southern Africa; the expansion of the Kamoa-Kakula copper complex in the DRC, the construction of the tier-one Platreef palladium-rhodium-platinum-nickel-copper-gold project in South Africa; and the restart of the historic ultra-high-grade Kipushi zinc-copper-germanium-silver mine, also in the DRC.

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