Russia, Sweden complete mine-clearing on island in Gulf of Finland

Bomb disposal experts from the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the Swedish Rescue Services Agency have completed a mine-clearing effort on Russia's Bolshoi Tuters Island in the Gulf of Finland, the Russian ministry said.


The bomb disposal experts, who started their operation on August 10, discovered and defused 30,339 explosive objects dating back to World War II, the ministry's press service said.

"The objective was to examine about 200,000 square meters of the island, where defense facilities and artillery positions were based during WWII," the press service said.

Besides numerous mines, shells and bombs, the experts discovered six destroyed fortification facilities, which will be inspected together in 2006.

Von: 01 September 2005,

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