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Managers 'who shot strikers' in Zambia freed

A court in Zambia has freed on bail two Chinese managers accused of attempted murder for shooting and wounding 11 coal miners during a protest over pay and working conditions.

Magistrate Willie Sinyangwe rejected a plea by prosecutors but said the two managers at the Chinese-owned Collum Mine Ltd, 200 miles south of the capital, Lusaka, must surrender their passports.

The managers were detained on 17 October. They initially remained in detention after failing to pay bail of 50m Zambian kwacha (£6,680) each.