South Africa miners released

Associated Press
Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd  at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. An unknown number of people have been killed and injured when police moved in on workers who gathered on a rocky outcrop  near the Lonmin late afternoon, firing unknown ammunition.  (AP Photo)

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270 of the miners detained at the Marikana shootings were released from police custody Monday, September 3, after prosecutors withdrew murder charges brought under an obscure apartheid-era security law for the police killing of their colleagues.

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