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Mine blast severely injures little boy in northwest Iran

Mahabad, April 12, IRNA-- Explosion of a mine left over from the war time in a village near this northwestern provincial city severely injured a 10-year boy sunday afternoon.

The mine exploded when Abdullah Ebrahimzadeh was playing in an abandoned military base of Iran's eight-year war era located in Banoo Khalaf village near the city of Sardasht while his parents were busy farming in a nearby land.

The boy, severely injured on his stomach, was immediately taken to Sardasht's hospital and underwent an operation.

The border city of Sardasht, southernmost part of Western Azarbaijan province, and its suburbs were among Iranian fronts during Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) and lots of unexploded mines are believed to be laid in many abandoned wartime military bases.

It was reportedly the second mine explosion in the area within the past Iranian month. Many villagers are injured or mutilated each year in blasts caused by unexploded devices notably mines in Sardasht region.

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