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    South African miners fired on by police

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    At least 12 people have been killed when police opened fire on miners staging a protest at a platinum mine in South Africa, according to the Reuters news agency.

    South African police opened fire and dispersed a crowd of striking miners at the Lonmin mine in the North West province on Thursday after issuing an order to the protesters to lay down their machetes and sticks.

    Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports.