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Two children killed in mine explosion in Marivan, Iran

Two Marivani children, Barzan Rahimi, 8, and Mohammad Hassani, 10, were killed at the outskirts of their village stepping on a landmine planted early 1980s by the counter-revolutionary groups who stood up against the central government, IRNA reported from Marivan in Kurdestan Province.

The deadly incident occurred in the vicinity of Marivan's Boubadr Village in which another relative, Sirvan Rahimi, got serious injury.

The children were walking in the area called Kalisar, where they were grazing their sheep.

Tens of residents of the border townships of Iran's Kurdistan Province have so far were killed, injured, or mutilated stepping on landmines planted by the anti-revolutionary grouplets during the early years of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Kurdestan Province governor general had announced last year that if the required budget (be) allocated, all the remaining mine fields in the province will be cleared in shortest possible time.

During the 1980-88 war, mines and other explosives were planted in over 750,000 hectares of Iranian provincial lands, a vast part of which have been cleared so far.

According to UN sources, an estimated 16 million landmines and tens of millions of unexploded objects, left over from the imposed war, still lie hidden in four million hectares of land in southern and western Iran, which borders Iraq.

Tens of Iranian army deminers have been killed or injured while clearing the mine-infested areas.

... Payvand News - 4/16/03 ... --

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