HANGU -- One tribal elder was killed and two others injured in a landmine
blast early Thursday morning in Lower Orakzai Agency.
On the occasion, the political agent announced Rs500,000 compensation each for family members of those who lost their lives in the landmine
blasts and Rs200,000 compensation for family members of each of the injured.
On the positive side, approximately 232,000 landmines
were destroyed in 2016, and 66 square miles of land were cleared of mines and other UXO.
Sri Lanka's accession should spur other nations that haven't joined the landmine
treaty to take another look at why they want to be associated with such an obsolete, abhorrent weapon," said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch and chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
- the group effort behind the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.
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Acting on a tip-off, FC personnel reached the scene and defused three landmines
, they said.
A security official from Aden, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media, told Gulf News Thursday that the defeated Al Houthis randomly planted landmines
on main roads and farms to deter resistance advances.
Most of the landmines
were placed during the Soviet occupation by Soviet troops as well as the Afghan militant groups fighting them.
The Obama administration stopped short, however, of announcing that it would destroy its large existing stockpile of anti-personnel landmines
Also, last December 2013, the Army seized 163 pieces of landmines
from an NPA landmine
factory located at Sitio Mampait in Barangay Kauswagan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.
Iran is one of the countries in the world with the most unexploded landmines
, which kill and injure dozens of people every year.
The deaths have prompted suspicions that the police are planting landmines
unannounced along remote desert tracks that might be used by drug smugglers to move their goods westward across Iran.