Two de-miners perish in Helmand, Paktika (Afghanistan)

KABUL, June 15 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Two de-miners were killed and three others wounded in two separate incidents in Paktika and Helmand provinces on Thursday. The workers of Organisation for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation (OMAR) were on the way from Herat to Kandahar province when their car was hit a roadside bomb in Shorab area of Greshk district in Helmand.


A senior official with OMAR in Kabul Shah Zalmay said the explosion was caused by remote-controlled bomb. Initially, all the four staffers were wounded, but one of them succumbed to wounds on the way to hospital. He said 17 workers of OMAR has died in action and dozens wounded since it was founded in 1990.

In a separate incident, a de-miner of the Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC ) de-mining agency was killed while clearing landmines in Paktika province. Ahmad Mirwais, in charge of the United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) in the southeastern region, said the incident happened in Ahmadkhel district's Nary Kotal area. The de-miner, named Abdul Latif from Nangarhar province was killed in the explosion.

Von: 16.06.06 Javid Hamim by/rh

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