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Security forces defuse 20 landmines, rescue lives in S. Afghanistan


KABUL, May 15  — Up to 20 rounds of landmines have been unearthed and foiled in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, the country’s Ministry of Interior Affairs said Wednesday.

The landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been planted by anti-government militants for terrorist activities, in Shah Wali Kot district’s Charchenar village, where engineering teams of provincial police discovered them, the ministry said in a statement.

Taliban insurgents usually use landmines and IEDs to target security forces, but the lethal home-made weapons mostly take lives of civilians.

On May 9, four children were killed and five others wounded by landmine explosion in the northern Faryab province, while on May 11, seven children lost their lives and two others injured in a mine blast in the country’s eastern Ghazni province. – XINHUA