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handcuffsANA reports that Gauteng police said on Wednesday that they had taken in for questioning a group of six men suspected to be involved in illegal mining and gangsterism in the Ekurhuleni areas of Benoni, Springs and Actonville.  

A spokesperson said the police surrounded and then arrested the six men, all foreign nationals, in an open field in Actonville as they were shooting at each other.  The police seized five unlicensed firearms.  Charges of attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and illegal mining are being investigated.  The gangs might also have been responsible for several murders of illegal miners and house robberies in the areas concerned.  The suspects are due to appear at the Benoni Magistrate Court on Thursday.  Mining areas in Ekurhuleni have for years been plagued by illegal mining activities that go hand-in-hand with gangsterism as gangs of illegal miners try to mine and steal gold and other precious minerals from each other.  In January last year, the bodies of seven suspected illegal miners, who had been shot dead execution-style, were found dumped in an open veld in Benoni.

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