Cops Open Fire on South African Miners

Labor strike and clashes between strikers and police continue


South African police have opened fire and dispersed a crowd of striking miners, with an unknown number of casualties.

It was unclear what ammunition police used to break up the strikers at the Lonmin PLC platinum mine Thursday afternoon near Marikana, 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Johannesburg. News TV images showed people lying on the ground, one with blood flowing from a wound.