News ID: 253924
Published: 0354 GMT June 08, 2019

Child loses leg in landmine blast in northwestern Iran

Child loses leg in landmine blast in northwestern Iran

An Iranian child living in rural areas of the northwestern city of Sardasht lost his leg after stepping on a landmine planted by the Iraqi regime during the imposed war on Iran, said Sardasht’s Governor Naser Yousefi.

Yousefi said the accident happened on Friday in Kani Zard village in West Azerbaijan Province, IRNA reported.

He added that the injured person was transferred to hospital and is now under medical treatment.

He also asked the UN Humanitarian Office to finance sweeping the mine-infested areas on Iran-Iraq borders to save children.

Iran has been ranked in some reports as the world’s second most mine-polluted country.

Landmine and unexploded ordnance contamination in western and southwestern Iran results from the Iraqi-imposed war in the 1980s. Iraq’s Army, under Saddam Hussein, is believed to have planted some 16 million landmines in Iran during the war, polluting an area of over 42,000 square kilometers.

Iran, however, has made great headway in clearing the minefields by developing special equipment and training expert teams.



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