Angola’s bombs still maiming people years after war ended

Nearly 20 years since the civil war ended in Angola, landmines laid in the ground before the country gained independence in 1975 continue to maim civilians across the country. The civil war, that left at least half a million people Read More …

Glowing engineered bacteria point out explosive landmines

New molecularly engineered E. coli bacteria emit a bioluminescence visible to the naked eye, enabling detection of landmines from afar. Researchers who discovered how to utilize fluorescent E. coli bacteria to locate landmines have recently further mutated them so that Read More …

UNMAS: Unexploded bombs to litter Iraq’s Mosul for more than a decade

The Iraqi city of Mosul will remain strewn with unexploded bombs for a decade, endangering a million or more civilians who want to return home following the end of three years of Daesh occupation, a U.N. demining expert said on Read More …

Phillipines: 5 landmines buried in village trail recovered

Five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by the New People’s Army were recovered by soldiers of the 701st Infantry Brigade in Sitio Cambaugo, Barangay Rajah Cabungsuan, Municipality of Lingig, Surigao del Sur. Maj. Alex Alod, the civil-military operations officer of Read More …

A life-saving ‘game’: Bosnia trains world’s mine-detecting dogs

With her nose in the grass of a Bosnian field, Orna sniffs furiously until she finds her target. She then sits and wags her tail in excitement for the red rubber toy that is her reward. The exercise is only Read More …

Magawa the mine-detecting rat wins PDSA Gold Medal

An African giant pouched rat has been awarded a prestigious gold medal for his work detecting land mines. Magawa has sniffed out 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions in his career. The UK veterinary charity PDSA has presented him with Read More …

UK: Neo-Nazi farmer, 58, kept grenades, mines and explosives in his country home

A suspected neo-Nazi kept an arsenal of explosives at his country home and stored deadly cyanide poison next to the ginger beer and salad cream in his fridge, a court heard. Counter-terrorism police found large stocks of poisons along with Read More …

Ambulance hits landmine in southern Mali, killing six

Six civilians, including a pregnant woman, were killed in southern Mali when the ambulance they were travelling in struck a landmine, the health ministry said on Saturday. It was not clear who was responsible for laying the mine, but the Read More …

Vietnam: International donors assist Quang Tri’s bomb, mine clearance efforts

The central province of Quang Tri has to date received over 100 million USD from international donors to help its post-war bomb and mine clearance efforts. Among over 100 million USD sent to the locality since 1996, around 45 million Read More …

Australia allocates AUS$ 800,000 for landmine clearance in Sri Lanka

The new commitment will go to MAG International, an organisation working to destroy landmines and help people rebuild their lives after conflict. According to MAG, Australia’s funds will transform an additional 190,000 square meters of contaminated ground into a sustainable, Read More …