60 people are reported to have been killed in an explosion at a gold mine in a village located in the southwestern area of Burkina Faso.
According to eyewitnesses, the explosion took place in a market the miners occasionally patronized and where some of their dynamites were stored.
Further reports claimed bodies were spread out in all places and had trees removed from their roots and houses destroyed.
Many of the wounded people had to be moved immediately to the closest hospital in the locality.
Women and children were said to have been involved in this mishap.
The incident took place on Monday and an investigation has been ongoing.
So far, one person has been apprehended and held for questioning.
According to a news report from Burkina Faso, the goldmine has been shut down for the time being.
Burkina Faso is one of the largest gold producing countries in Africa whose wide range of mines are overseen by international companies.
Local companies also take part in this mass production; however, the government does so little in regulating both national and international firms.
According to BBC correspondent Nicolas Negoce, the country’s major exportation resource has been gold since 2009.
According to a statement from the ministry meant to oversee mining in the country, in the year 2020 the country was reported to have produced gold of 54 tonnes.
Fatal accidents were often known to take place at mining areas overseen by local firms.
The explosion that took place on Monday was conveyed by witnesses as bringing everything in its way to the wreckage.