It was due the Afghanistan to reach its deadline of a mine-free Afghanistan status by 2023, but contamination of over 400sq-km new lands, may hamper the country achieve the goal.
“More than 400 sq km land was contaminated with landmines and Explosive Remnants of War by Taliban over the past two years in various parts of the country” Omar Mohammadi, director of international relations and spokesperson for the State Ministry for Disaster Management told Afghanistan Times.
He said that the newly 400 sq km contaminated lands with mine and IEDs located in 17 insecure provinces.
Helmand, Uruzgan, Farah, Kunduz and Baghlan provinces were among the 17 provinces which newly contaminated by land mines, he added.
According to report the Afghan government assigned target to clean 600 sq km land, which were contaminated with land mines and explosive devices during Soviet Union raid by 2023.