Experiencing the work of a landmine clearance charity


Even though I was told it was safe, holding an Islamic State group (IS) homemade explosive was still unnerving.

Half an hour earlier it had been buried in the ground on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

It was made up of two pieces of wood with bits of cut-up hosepipe. A length of wire ran to a plastic tub of homemade explosives.

The fact that it looked like all the components could have been bought in a local hardware shop made it quite chilling.

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Source: BBC News