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Two dead after informal miners and police clash in northern Peru

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A violent clash between informal miners and police left two protestors dead and several wounded in the region of La Libertad, El Comercio reported.

According to the daily, close to 200 police officers arrived at La Bonita mine, in the district of Parcoy, in the province of Pataz, in order to evict 500 informal miners from the area.

The operation began at 4 a.m. on Friday morning, when police arrived at the mine, and were met by dozens of miners armed with sticks, stones, and sticks of dynamites, police said.

Five police officers were injured in the clash, one of whom had his jaw shattered, El Comercio reported.The two deceased protestors were identified as Joel Rufino Mendoza Gavidia, and Olser Joel Fernández Pizán, the daily said.

Police Colonel Roger Torres said Fernandez died due to the explosion of a stick of dynamite, that he intended to use against police forces. Mendoza reportedly died from a gunshot wound.

A violent clash between informal miners and police, left two protestors dead and several wounded in the region of La Libertad, El Comercio reported.

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