Chinese miners detained in Ghana freed on bail

Updated: 2012-10-19 19:28


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BEIJING - All of the Chinese nationals suspected of illegal gold mining in Ghana and detained by local police have been freed on bail, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday in Beijing.

Ghana has set up a team to investigate, including the incident of the death of a Chinese national, Hong said at a daily press briefing.

A total of 101 miners were bailed on Wednesday after joint efforts by the Chinese foreign ministry and the Chinese embassy in the African nation.

The Chinese miners were detained and a 16-year-old Chinese national was shot dead during a joint action by Ghana's police and immigration officials to investigate illegal gold mining by foreigners in the Ashanti region last week.

Hong said the Chinese embassy will deal with the follow-up issues of the incident.