Reported attack on Eritrea mine is an ‘act of vandalism’, says Nevsun Resources

Dhuma torbaan dabree irratti xayyaarri humna woraana Itoophiyaa 2 daangaa Eertiraa cabsee seenuu qofa irratti qofa hindaangofne; naannoo Bishaa lafa albuunni irraa bayu tokko haleelee miidhaa dhaqabsiisuu isaati gaabaasni madda garagaraa irraa baye kan agarsiisan. Kubbaaniyaan albuudaa Bishaa baasu Nevsun Resources Ltd jedhamu, kubbaaniyaa biyya Kanaadaati, worshaa albuuda Bishaa irra, haleellaa jechuu baatus, miidhaan gayuu isaa amaneera. Haleellaa kanaan lubbuun namaa baye hinjiru, akka ibsa Nevsun itti.
Dhimma rukuttaa kanaan wolqabatee mootummaan Eertiraa hanga ammaatti wonti jedhe tokko hinjiru.

Itoophiyaan haleellaa kana kan raawwatteef haloo bayuuf: Eertiraan helikooptara Itoophiyaa balaliisaan tokko fudhatee Asmarattiin qajeele deebisuu waan diddeef kan adabbiin kuni isii mudateef jedhu taajjabdoonni. Guutuun gabaasa kanaa>>>

Nevsun Resources Ltd. is describing an attack on its Bisha mine in Eritrea as an “ act of vandalism,” an account that contrasts starkly with African media reports saying the mine was bombed by Ethiopan fighter jets.

In a statement released Sunday, Nevsun said vandals caused minor damage to the base of a tailings thickener at the mine during the night shift on Friday, releasing water into the plant area.

But the Ethiopian news site Tigrai Online said it had confirmed a report that the Ethiopian air force bombed the mine on Friday. Sudanese newspaper Al-Sahafa was the first to report that the attack was a military operation from Ethiopia.

“The Bisha gold mine which is about 150 km from the city of Asmara is on fire and a huge fire and smoke can be seen from far away,” the reports claimed.

A source close to Nevsun said the company is not sure what happened and isn’t ruling out any possibilities until it completes an investigation. Nevsun’s statement said the company has implemented additional safety precautions and no employees were harmed.

Nevsun owns 60% of the Bisha mine, with the Eritrean government owning the remaining 40% through the Eritrean National Mining Co. The mine is extremely important to the Eritrean economy, which would make it a logical target for the government’s enemies.

Nevsun has faced a very rocky ride to develop Bisha. Back in 2004, Eritrea’s autocratic government kicked all the mining companies out of the country for no apparent reason. They were welcomed back a few months later, and Nevsun was able to strike a development agreement.

When Nevsun started building the mine in 2008, the government forced the company to use a state-owned contractor called Segen Construction for some of the work. Allegations eventually surfaced that Segen employed slave labour at the site. Nevsun could not say for certain that slave labour was never used at Bisha, but it did take measures to prevent it from happening in the future.