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Today's Mine Action News (31st January 2017)

Posted on January, 31 2017

AFRICA

Algeria
Algeria Completes Decades-Long Landmine Removal along Its Borders
[Africa News] Algeria says it has completed the removal of border landmines, destroying nearly 9 million mines that date to the colonial era. “The completion of the mine clearance operation crowns over 50 years of constant work on the ground, for the final eradication of mines in our country,” said General Boualem Madi, speaking on behalf of Algeria’s defense ministry at a press conference earlier this week in Algiers.

DRC
UNMAS DRC - David Dube's Armed Violence Reduction Song
[UNMAS DRC] David Dube, musical ambassador of the UNMAS programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is originally from the North Kivu province, an area still contaminated by explosive hazards and threatened by armed violence. Following the success of his first music about the risks posed by mines and explosive remnants of war, David is now launching his new armed violence reduction song "sois le premier à remettre ton arme". 

Mali
Three Malian Soldiers Killed in Landmine Blast
[news24] Three Malian soldiers died on Sunday and a fourth was seriously injured when their vehicle hit a landmine in the troubled north, the army said.

Somalia
Somalia: At Least Five Soldiers Killed in Landmine Explosion in Afgoye
[Garowe] A massive landmine explosion at an army base in Afgoye town has left at least five Somali military soldiers dead on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.

AMERICAS

Colombia
Handover of Cleared Land
[NPA] On December 21 and 22, Norwegian People’s Aid, together with the The Mine Action Authority (DAICMA), the Humanitarian Demining Brigade (BIDES), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, carried out the technical handover of the cleared areas in the Vereda El Orejón in the municipality of Briceño, which is located at the northeast of Colombia, after clearing 19,849 m2 and destroying 46 anti-personnel mines.

Iraq
Landmine from Iran-Iraq War Wipes out Sheep Herd in Diyala
[IraqiNews.com] A landmine left over from the Iraqi-Iranian war in the 1980s exploded in Wednesday in a herd of sheep in Diyala, killing most of the animals, according to a local official.

ASIA

Azerbaijan
ANAMA Finds 181 UXOs in Country’s Border Regions
[AzerNews] A total of 181 unexploded ordnances (UXOs) were discovered in Saloglu village of Azerbaijani Agstafa region, Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) reported on January 25.

Cambodia
Old Grenades Found Buried in Battambang
[Khmer Times] Twelve grenades were discovered by a farmer in Battambang province’s Ek Phnom district yesterday morning. Ngin Sam Ol, the deputy commander of the district military police, said the US-made grenades were found in two metal ammunition boxes after Meas Chanti, 22, hit a small mound while plowing a rice field with his tractor.

Deminer Dies Removing UXO in Pailin Province
[Phnom Penh Post] A deminer working to extract a piece of unexploded ordnance from a tree root was killed in Pailin province on Monday, the National Center for Peace-keeping Forces (NPMEC) confirmed yesterday.

Sri Lanka
Delay In Signing Mine Ban Treaty Keeps Sri Lanka In The Red
[Sunday Leader] After the change of regime on January eighth, 2015, the Sri Lanka Campaign to Ban Landmines (SLCBL) was hopeful that post-war Sri Lanka would become a party to disarmament conventions, namely the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) also known as the Ottawa Convention and Conventionon Cluster Munitions (CCM).

GLOBAL

The Digger Foundation Competing for a $1 Million Prize
[Robohub] The DOME Project of the Digger Foundation has been shortlisted as finalist of the prestigious Robotics Award for Good taking place in Dubai in February 2017, where a $1 million price will be awarded to the best competitor among 10 international teams.

 

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