Golden Star Wassa Limited (GSWL) has confirmed an attack on its employees and offices at Benso, by a group of armed illegal miners known as galamsey on Thursday 16th March 2023.
The armed men set fire to vehicles, including an ambulance that serves both the community and our employees. They also set fire to parts of the administrative block at Benso. During the attack some of our employees sustained injuries.
The attack follows a peaceful engagement and exercise by security officers of GSWL to drive off illegal miners who had encroached on one of GSWL’s mining pits at Benso. The illegal miners left the area after initially being asked to, only to remobilize and come back to clash with security personnel of GSWL.
“Our employees at the scene were immediately evacuated to safety, and those injured were given medical attention and discharged,” management of GSWL said in a statement.
A formal complaint has been made to the security agencies. All other stakeholders have also been briefed of the situation. Updates will be provided as investigations continue.