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Gallery: The Lonmin massacre (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

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Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin platinum mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP.Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd  at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: APA policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersPolicemen in teargas and dust open fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: APBodies of striking miners lay on the ground after police opened fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: APPolice surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP277
13-08-2012
A mans body laying on the scene in Rustenburg and Brits were a police officer was hacked to death during the violence protest in Lonmin mines.
Picture: Leon NicholasStriking miners chant slogans outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersA policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersPolicemen run in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersA paramedic (front L) receives help from a policewomen as he tends to the injured after protesting miners were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersPolicemen look at an injured protesting miner (bottom R) after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersA policeman carries weapons that were used by protesting miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersParamedics carry an injured man after protesting miners were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters(File photo) Protesting miners approach the police before they were shot at outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersPolicemen inspect one of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersProtesting miners react as the police shot at them outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersPolicemen react after firing shots at protesting miners outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersA protester covers his face outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg, 100 km northwest of Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters(File photo) A protester holds a placard outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Police opened fire on thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine, leaving several bloodied corpses lying on the ground. Photo: ReutersA protester licks his spear outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters(File photo) Protesters sing as they hold weapons outside a mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersParamedics carry an injured man after protesting miners were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg. Photo: ReutersA policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg.

Picture: Phill Magakoe16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg.

Picture: Phill Magakoe16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg.

Picture: Phill Magakoe(File photo) Striking miners chant slogans outside a mine in Rustenburg, 100 km north-west of Johannesburg. Photo: ReutersPolice surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: APA policeman runs from teargas after police opened fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: APStriking miners sing, chant, march and dance with weapons at the Lonmin mine near Rustenburg. Photo: APStriking mineworkers throw stones as police open fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa. Police opened fire on a crowd of striking workers at a platinum mine, leaving an unknown number of people injured and possibly dead. Photo: AP

Police at Lonmin mine opened fire on striking miners, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens.

"The South African Police Service was viciously attacked by the group, using a variety of weapons, including firearms," said Captain Dennis Adriao.

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