At least five miners were confirmed dead following the collapse of an illegal gold mine in northern Kenya on Saturday, according to police reports.

The tragedy occurred at the Hillo mine in the Dabel area, where a landslide caused the collapse. Marsabit County Police Commander, Patrick Mwakio, stated that the miners died on the spot after being buried by debris.

This incident follows a ban on mining activities in the area issued by Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki in March, after clashes resulted in the deaths of seven people. The mining operations were also in violation of the law, lacking an environmental impact assessment and featuring structurally weak tunnels.

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