Clashes between legal and illegal small miners in a remote southern region of Peru left 14 dead, police said Wednesday.
The violence erupted late last week at a gold deposit in the Andean region of Arequipa, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Lima, a local police official told AFP by telephone.
The remote location of the region meant that it took several days for the authorities to find out about the clashes and gain access to the site.
Local press reports said the two rival groups were fighting for access to a gold depot at a place called Huanaquita in the Atico district.
Such clashes are frequent in Peru, especially in remote regions with almost no state presence.
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Clashes between rival miners leave 14 dead in Peru
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