Mining group Rio Tinto (RIO.L) (RIO.AX) said police and army searched its titanium mine in Madagascar on Wednesday for arms and mercenaries.

We are cooperating and the search is being carried out peacefully. We are confident the search will prove to be fruitless, spokesman Nick Cobban said in London. (Reporting by Eric Onstad; Editing by David Cowell) © Thomson Reuters 2009 All rights reserved