Mines, unexploded devices continuing to kill, maim civilians in Afghanistan

Thousands of villages and hamlets in Afghanistan have been turned into ghost towns, as landmines and explosive devices continue to claim the lives of civilians in one of the world’s most heavily mined countries.

Some of the hidden enemies are the remnants of unexploded ordnance left over during the past four decades of prolonged wars. The lethal weapons are still deployed today and indiscriminately claim the lives of people, most of whom are civilians including children.

Kandahar province, in Afghanistan’s southern zone, has reportedly been blanketed with vast numbers of anti-infantry mines and explosive ordnance, according to one victim, who lost one of his legs to a roadside mine.

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Source: China.org.cn