As a result of a landslide in Badakhshan goldmine, 5 illegal miners have been killed and 35 others have been disappeared, a provincial spokesperson said.

Nek Mohammad Nazari, the spokesperson for Badakhshan governor confirmed the presence of 40 mine workers in a goldmine in Khali village of Raagh district of Badakhshan at the time of the landslide.

According to Nek Mohammad, the residence of the village have found 5 dead bodies after the landslide, other 35 workers are still disappeared.

The area is under the control of Taliban and the government cannot send relief and rescue forces to the site, Nek Mohammad said.

This comes as that hundreds of mine workers are engaged in illegal goldmine extraction in Raagh district of Badakhshan.

The extraction of Badakhshan goldmine was contracted with CENTAR, a U.S mining company last October, but president Ghani ordered contract termination in late November 2019.

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