Uranium miner Paladin Resources has reported the arrest of five workers at its Kayelekera uranium mine in Karonga district, Malawi, in response to the threats of damaging the mine.

Mine workers have warned the company that they would destroy the mine after the management allegedly refused to pay demanded salary increment.

According to the reports the employees were demanding 170% wage, however, the management provided only 11% increase, following which the workers sent e-mail threats.

Commenting on the happenings, Paladin international relations general manager Greg Walker said that the company has deployed police forces in the wake of threats from workers of damaging the company.

"When people threaten to sabotage the mine, that is serious. They threatened to damage the company and police came in because the situation was serious," added Walker.

Admitting the arrest of the employees, Karonga Police officer in-charge Foster Mangani, however, added that the move was taken more as a caution statement.