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Video shows South Africa police shooting miners


JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cellphone video of last year's massacre by police at a settlement outside Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa shows one police officer warning colleagues not to shoot before others opened fire, killing 34 miners.

Ian Farlam, the chairman of the commission overseeing hearings on the deaths of the miners on Aug. 16, said Tuesday it is premature to draw conclusions from the footage. Farlam did confirm that two policemen filmed the footage broadcast by Britain's Channel 4 on Sunday.

Another portion of the cellphone video shows an officer insulting a miner and saying: "I shot him at least 10 times."

The video was submitted to the commission investigating violence during nearly six-weeks of protests at the Marikana mines that killed 46 people, and sparked labor protests across South Africa.


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