BANRO’s Twangiza mine, Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic
of the Congo. Despite its location, Banro has a heavyweight
investor base, including BlackRock and Ruffer’s Baker
Steel. Local observers are sceptical of any peace deal
with rebel gunmen, the M23: “Two years later,
the accord won’t be respected and the war
will start again. March 2013
Armed men attacked Banro Corp's Twangiza gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo early on Tuesday, leaving three police and one assailant dead, the company said.
Police opened fire on the raiders, ending the assault, Banro's vice president for government relations, Désiré Sangara, told Reuters.
Twangiza opened in 2011 and has become the most advanced of Banro's four gold mines in eastern Congo.
It has been plagued by illegal miners squatting on the site and armed groups - some of the dozens of militias that remain active despite the official end to a regional conflict in 2003.
(Reporting By Aaron Ross; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Heavens)