A Canadian mining
company said Wednesday that an illegal miner was killed in a clash with guards
at the firm’s silver mine in central Mexico.


Vancouver-based Great
Panther Silver Ltd. said in a statement the confrontation occurred Tuesday
night at its mine in Guanajuato, capital of the central Mexico state of the
same name.


The company said
illegal miners “have been entering the mine by force and with weapons, such
that we have had to hire an armed security force.”


Thieves and illegal
miners steal small quantities of rich ore, but also put the mines’ employees
and themselves at risk in the underground labyrinth of tunnels, it said.


The Guanajuato state
prosecutors’ office confirmed a man had been reported killed at the mine, but
said tests were continuing to determine the cause of death.


Guanajuato is next to
Michoacan state, where drug cartels have moved into illegal mining, but there
was no immediate indication of any cartel involvement in the Guanajuato


Great Panther Silver
is focused on the mining of precious and base metals from its wholly owned
properties in Mexico.



• Fast. PhotoSat solutions are ideal for large, inaccessible, or remote sites. With no permits needed, we can efficiently produce engineering-grade surveys and alteration mineral maps over hundreds or even thousands of square kilometers. No site access is required, and all data processing is completed without involvement from ground crews.
• Global. Satellites are not restricted by borders, permits, or ground logistics. We have completed more than 1,300 projects in over 75 countries, with exacting standards of accuracy and consistency.
• Reliable. Each PhotoSat project is produced from satellite photos, with each photo covering hundreds of square kilometers. As a result, our data sets are consistent, time-stamped and robust, with high data point density.
• Innovative. PhotoSat is a leader in satellite-based surveying technology and alteration mineral mapping. We use proprietary deep learning algorithms in our data processing. Our unique technology produces outstanding results that are trusted by mining companies and engineering consultants around the world.