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Canadian company says thieves clash with guards at its silver mine in central Mexico, 1 dead

A Canadian mining company says an illegal miner has been killed in a confrontation with guards at the firm's silver mine in central Mexico.

Vancouver, British Colombia-based Great Panther Silver Ltd. said in a statement Wednesday that the confrontation occurred Tuesday night at its mine in Guanajuato, capital of the central Mexico state of the same name.

The company says illegal miners "have been entering the mine by force and with weapons" so it had to hire an armed security force. It says thieves and illegal miners steal small quantities of rich ore, but also put the mines' employees and themselves at risk.

The Guanajuato state prosecutors' office confirms that a man was reported killed at the mine, but says tests are continuing to determine the cause of death.