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Registry of mine incidents : From March 1996 until September 1996

25-09-1996

Sadly, the following incidents represent only a fraction of the estimated 2'000 casualties which occur every month, the
vast majority of which go unreported.

The ICRC would welcome any additional reports of mine incidents for use in updated versions of this registry.

 
 

 
Registry of mine incidents 
 

 DATE OF THE INCIDENT  

 PLACE, DATE AND SOURCE  

 DESCRIPTION  

 NUMBER OF VICTIMS  

 MARCH 1996  

 Ethiopia , Harare,

04.03.96

ICRC

On Wednesday morning a mine exploded on the road from Harar eto Fedis. The evening before there were some skirmishes in the area that continued for most of the night. It seems as if the army had put the mine to prevent " bandits " from fleeing by car on this road. Unfortunately, they forgot to take it away again and the next morning a car from the agricultural bureau blew up on it. The driver lost his legs.

1 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan, Kandahar,

05.03.96

ICRC

During the last few weeks the First Aid Post received several mine-injured patients from Nimruz Province. In February it received on average one mine casualty a day, the most important category of war-wounded.

SEVERAL INJURED

 

 Cambodia,  

05.03.96

UN

At least one civilian has been killed and one seriously wounded after being forced to clear scrub from a heavily-mined area recently captured from the Khmer Rouge. The death and injury are apparently the result of a government policy under which one person from each of about 1'000 families is required to spend five days clearing scrub brush, weeds and trees from the area around Treng, a former front-line position about 42 km south of Battambang.

1 INJURED

1 KILLED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,  

05.03.96

REUTER

In Sernovodsk, three people were killed when they stepped on anti-personnel mines. Thousands of refugees from Sernovodsk have fled into Ingushetia since fighting erupted.

3 KILLED

 

 Georgia ,

Abkhazia,

05.03.96

UN

According to the Abkhaz Security Service, an Abkhaz army vehicle hit a mine while driving on the road between Primorsk and Ochamchira. As a result, one officer was badly injured, two others were slightly injured and the driver died. One of the passengers was the commander of the Abkhaz Army Eastern Front. 

3 INJURED

1 KILLED

 

 Rwanda , Ruhengeri,

08.03.96

ICRC

A serious mine incident occurred in the prefecture, the first since the end of November 95: a civilian vehicle blew up on an anti-tank mine on 08 March early in the morning in the municipality of Cyabingo. The incident killed five people.

5 KILLED

 

 Israel,  

08.03.96

REUTER

Palestinian suicide bombers, who killed 57 people in four attacks, carried canvas bags stuffed with a cargo of nails and old Egyptian anti-tank mines found in Gaza.

 

 

 Georgia, Abkhazia,

09.03.96

ICRC

UNOMIG (UN Observer Mission in Georgia) Security Incident in Abkhazia,

On 9 March, a UNOMIG vehicle on patrol between Pirveli-Gali and Kochora (Tkvarceli region) blew up on a recently-laid anti-tank mine. An officer was killed, while the two other occupants of the vehicle were slightly injured... Following this second incident (after a similar incident in Primorsk on 04.03 in which a Abkhaz militia car blew up on a mine), UNOMIG has decided to suspend its patrols in the restricted weapons zone (i.e., beyond the Gali security zone).

1 KILLED

2 INJURED

 

 Lebanon,  

10.03.96

UN

During the exchange of fire near UNIFIL positions in the area of Kefer Kela, one Israeli soldier was killed and four others wounded as a result of a mine explosion.

4 INJURED

1 KILLED

 

 Georgia,  

11.03.96

UN

A mine incident occurred in the Gali area resulting in two local people killed and one injured. An anti-tank mine was reportedly placed on a bridge near the village of Vtoray Tsarche. UNOMIG assessed that the recent mining incidents represented both an escalation in violence and a complicated destabilisation of the Sector.

1 INJURED

2 KILLED

 

 Kuwait,  

11.03.96

UN

Several civilians were injured in a mine blast that occurred in Sector South. UNIKOM provided helicopters to help evacuate people injured by the blast.

SEVERAL INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya , Grozny,

11.03.96

AFP

Two middle-aged women and at least four Russian soldiers were killed Monday morning when a mine exploded near Grozny's Mikrorayon district, eyewitnesses to the blast said.

6 KILLED

 

 Georgia, Abkhazia,

13.03.96

Krasnaya Zrezda (Russian Ministry of Defence Daily)

Since the deployment of the Russian peace-keeping force, Russian combat engineers have had to " deal " with more than 21'500 mines and other unexploded munitions. A junior sergeant, who had successfully deactivated 62 mines, had his foot blown up while working on the sixty third - the unlucky one.

1 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

14.03.96

ICRC

Three soldiers were reported to have been injured by mines in the Gishwati forest. On the same day, between Kabay and Satinsy, nine soldiers were allegedly killed by a mine.

 

3 INJURED

9 KILLED

 

 Rwanda , Ruhengeri,

14.03.96

ICRC

An official vehicle blew up on a mine wounding ten . According to the RPA (Rwandan Popular Army), an anti-tank mine was responsible. Civilians, however, claim that it was an anti-personnel mine to which an explosive had been attached.

10 INJURED

 

 Bosnia , Sarajevo,

15.03.96

ICRC.

ICRC launched a campaign to warn of the deadly threat posed by landmines throughout all of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

 

 Bosnia ,

15.03.96

UN

At the Visoko bridge site, a German engineer was injured by a mine blast.

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

17.03.96

UN

A Portuguese captain in the NATO-led peace-keeping force suffered serious injuries to his hand when a mine exploded in Vitkovici, south of Gorazde. A Bosnian soldier and civilian were also wounded, but the extent of their injuries are not known.

3 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

18.03.96

AFP

At Mallakam in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, 18 soldiers died when the tractor-trailer in which they were travelling was blown up by a mine. An additional 22 soldiers escaped with injuries. This was the biggest single military loss since security forces captured Jaffna in December.

22 INJURED

18 KILLED

 

 Bosnia,  

19.03.96

UN

A car exploded in Sarajevo today when it ran over a landmine. No further details were provided

UNKNOWN

 

 Rwanda, Cyangugu ,  

19.03.96

ICRC

On the morning of 19 March, a mini-bus exploded on a mine near the Bushenge hospital and Gafunzo market. Toll: 9 dead and 21 injured. The ICRC, with the collaboration of MSF-Spain, proceeded to evacuate the 10 seriously injured to the Gihundwe hospital. It was the most murderous mine incident that Cyangugu has known.

21 INJURED

9 KILLED

 

 Angola,  

20.03.96

Mines Advisory Group

A 40-year-old man los t his right leg to a mine when he was out collecting firewood in the bush near Alto-Campo. He was taken to the hospital by MAG deminers.

1 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

20.03.96

ICRC

Around 6.00 a.m. in Kivumu in the municipality of Nyamyumba, between the monastery and the main road, a Caritas bus with three nuns aboard blew up on a mine: one nun was killed on the spot, another died from her injuries at the Ruhengeri hospital. The third survived unscathed.

2 KILLED

 

 Rwanda,  

20.03.95

ICRC

On the road between Gisenyi and Kayove, a van hit a mine. No casualties

NONE

 

 Bosnia ,

Sarajevo,

20.03.96

AFP

Two wounded by mine explosion in Sarajevo

Two people, one of them a woman whose leg was blown off, were wounded Wednesday by mines in Sarajevo.

2 INJURED

 

 Bosnia ,

Sarajevo,

22.03.96

AFP

Four wounded in Sarajevo mine blast

Four people, three civilians and a Muslim-Croat Federation policeman, were wounded Thursday when an anti-personnel mine exploded in the Dobrinja district of western Sarajevo, the Oslobodjenje daily reported Friday.

4 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

22.03.96

UN

A French soldier was wounded by a landmine.

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

22.03.96

UN

At the Visoko bridge site, a mine exploded beneath a German armoured vehicle. No casualties were reported.

NONE

 

 Peru ,

La Merced,

22.03.96

ICRC

In the Huancayo region, three people were injured and a 13-year-old boy killed by mines planted around power lines. The location of the mines seemed to be poorly marked, and the victims couldn't read.

 

A mine victim, treated by the ICRC in Huancavelica since January, was released from hospital.

 

A young girl was injured by a mine in Tarma on 29.02.96. The ICRC made sure she was given proper medical treatment.

1 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 

1 INJURED

 

 

1 INJURED

 

 Rwanda ,

27.03.96

ICRC

The security situation in the country, and especially in the border area with Zaire, has seriously deteriorated. During the last week worrying incidents occurred in the Cyangugu and Gisenyi prefectures. ... Particularly murderous anti-tank mines killed at least ten people in Gisenyi.

10+ KILLED

 

 

 

 

 Angola,  

27.03.96

ICRC

Security incidents caused the death of four people in the Vila Nova, Londiumbali, Negage, and Quibaxe camps - one of whom was killed by a mine.

1 KILLED

 

 Rwanda,  

28.03.96

ICRC

A mine incident killed 3 and seriously wounded 4 others in Cyangugu.

4 INJURED

3 KILLED

 

 Afghanistan, Kandahar,

28.03.96

HEWS Flash

An explosion injured 44 UN de-mining experts when it ripped through a munitions dump near Kandahar. One man died afterwards. The UN has appealed again for a ban on the production and export of landmines.

43 INJURED

1 KILLED

 

 Bosnia,  

29.03.96

UN

One child was killed and another injured by an unexploded ordnance. The accident happened in a sports stadium in Grbavica. Several other people have been injured in recent landmine explosions in the area.

UNKNOWN

 

 Lebanon ,

30.03.96

UN

An explosion occurred in the area of the Nepalese Battalion that killed two and wounded two other Lebanese civilians.

2 INJURED

2 KILLED

 

 Rwanda,  

31.03.96

Radio Rwanda

One person was killed and two badly wounded when a truck hit a landmine in Southwest Rwanda near the border with Zaire. The explosion in the Cyangugu region was the latest in a series of mine attacks in a cross-border insurgency by Hutu rebels based in refugee camps in eastern Zaire.

2 INJURED

1 KILLED

 

 Bosnia ,

31.03.96

UN

A boy was killed in Grbavica and another lost his legs when a mine they were playing with exploded.

1 INJURED

1 KILLED

 

 Bosnia ,

31.03.96

UN

A woman was killed and five children were injured - two seriously - when a mine, with which a child was playing, exploded. The seriously injured children were sent to Sarajevo for treatment, while the others were admitted to a local hospital.

1 KILLED

5 INJURED

 APRIL 1996  

 Angola, Huambo Province,

04.96

HALO Trust

A man was injured by an anti-personnel mine suffering eye damage

1 INJURED

 

 Angola, Kuito Province, 04.96

HALO Trust

man was injured by an anti-personnel mine

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

04.96

AFP

" There is a continuous stream of mine victims " declared t he UN High Commission for Refugees, as Bosnian refugees return, in ever increasing numbers, to their villages on the heavily mined former frontline. Often, impatient to resume their lives, they try to clear the mines themselves, putting their lives at risk. An HCR staff member reports having seen a man pushing a tire across his field in an effort to blow up the mines lurking there. He wanted to clear it for cultivation. The HCR has launched a mines awareness program.

 

 

 Cambodia, Battambang Province,

04.96

Mines Advisory Group

100 people were injured and 14 killed by mines in Battambang Province during the month of April. Some three-quarters of them were soldiers and one-quarter civilians. Two soldiers were killed and 28 injured by mines while fighting, one girl was injured while cutting wood, another girl was hurt when a mine was detonated by a man in a newly mined area, and three male civilians were wounded while cutting bamboo.

100 INJURED

14 KILLED

 

 Cambodia, Kompong Thom Province,

04.96

Mines Advisory Group

Eight people were injured and four killed by mines in Kompong Thom Province during the month of April. Three-quarters of the victims were civilians, one quarter soldiers. One male civilian was injured while fishing and one woman and two girls were wounded while farming.

8 INJURED

4 KILLED

 

 Cambodia, Banteay Meanchey Province,

04.96

Mines Advisory Group

37 people were injured and six killed by mines in Banteay Meanchey Province during the month of April. Over half of them were soldiers. One soldier was killed while moving a mine, and three other soldiers were killed and another injured in the explosion. A boy was injured by a mine while collecting food.

37 INJURED

6 KILLED

 

 Cambodia,  

Siem Reap Province,

04.96

Mines Advisory Group

Twelve people were injured and three killed by mines in Siem Reap Province during the month of April. Nearly 60% of the victims were civilians. One soldier was injured while demining, and a boy was injured when a mine, which was being moved by a man, exploded.

12 INJURED

3 KILLED

 

 Cambodia,  

Pursat Province,

04.96

Mines Advisory Group

Twelve people were injured and three killed by mines during the month of April in Pursat Province. Over half of the victims were civilians. A civilian was injured while he was digging the ground, another civilian was injured while he was travelling through an unknown mined area.

12 INJURED

3 KILLED

 

 Georgia, Abkhazia,

01.04.96

UN

Two Abkhaz soldiers, who had allegedly been wounded in a mine incident, were brought to UNOMIG in Gali. One of the soldiers had serious head wounds and had to be evacuated by UNOMIG personnel to the Abkhaz military hospital in Sukhumi. The investigation revealed that the soldiers had recently been rotated and apparently had not been briefed on the location of their own mines. It is further suspected that the soldiers triggered a mine attached to a tree, which would explain the head wound.

2 INJURED

 

 Angola,  

08.04.96

Mines Advisory Group

A 71-year-old woman from Lunda-Sul province was collecting firewood near a police position where she often went, when she stepped on a reinforced anti-tank mine. She died instantly.

1 KILLED

 

 Lebanon,  

10.04.96

UN

A landmine explosion killed a Lebanese teenager and wounded two boys, one of them badly, in the outskirts of the northern village of Baraachit. Security forces said the mine exploded when the boys tripped on it while playing.

1 KILLED

2 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan,  

10.02 - 10.04.96

Afghan Campaign to Ban Landmines

During the period 10 February to 10 April 1996, a total of 885 civilian victims of landmines were admitted to hospitals in Afghanistan. The real number of mine victims is probably much higher, as it is estimated that less than 40% of victims are able to reach a hospital.

885 INJURED

 

 Bosnia ,

12.04.96

ICRC

Three civilians were killed in a mine accident in the Maglaj area. On Thursday, another 2 civilians were killed and 9 civilians wounded in a mine accident in the area of Doboj.

 

 There has been a total of 41 mine casualties amongst IFOR troops since deployment.  

5 KILLED

9 INJURED

 

 Colombia,  

13.04.96

ICRC

A soldier was killed by a mine near La Ye, San Alberto (Cesar).

1 KILLED

 

 Rwanda,  

14.04.96

ICRC

Morning of Sunday 14.04. around 9 a.m. a vehicle blew up on an anti-tank mine. The incident occurred on the main road between Kagano and Kirambo. Toll: two killed, 3 injured.

2 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Colombia ,

14.04.96

ICRC

A Colombian Red Cross volunteer was killed by a mine in Miraflores.

1 KILLED

 

 India,  

15.04.96

UN

Local media reported that two Indian Border Security Forces were killed and five were wounded when they stepped on a mine in the district of Doda.

2 KILLED

5 INJURED

 

 India, Jammu and Kashmir,

16.04.96

AFP

A Moslem militant group claimed responsibility for a landmine blast in Srinigar, which killed at least two people and injured 15, in the run-up to elections in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir.

15 INJURED

2 KILLED

 

 Angola,  

17.04.96

Mines Advisory Group

A 45-year-old man from Huambo Province was searching for firewood near the airport when he blew up on a mine. He apparently knew the area was mined but decided to run the risk as he needed firewood. Two days after arriving at the hospital, he died, leaving a wife and seven children.

1 KILLED

 

 Bosnia,  

17.04.96

AFP

Two soldiers - one Danish, the other from Lithuania - were killed in a landmine blast Wednesday while serving with IFOR in Bosnia. An IFOR spokesman in Tuzla said the soldiers had been travelling in a convoy of three vehicles, one of which hit what appeared to be an anti-tank mine. The Danish military headquarters added that a Lithuanian soldier had also died, and that two other Lithuanians were wounded, but their names were not disclosed. An investigation has been opened, the Danish command said, as Danish soldiers are not supposed to be in the vicinity of mines.

2 INJURED

2 KILLED

 

 Croatia,  

17.04.96

REUTER

One German peacekeeper died when crushed in a construction accident. Another was seriously injured by a landmine.

1 INJURED

 

 Lebanon,  

17.04.96

REUTER

US. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns accused Hizbollah of a " fundamental miscalculation " in blaming Israel for landmine blasts that killed civilians in southern Lebanon and using that as a justification for rocketing Israel.

 

 

 Somalia, Mogadishu,

19.04.96

AFP

Heavy fighting between rival militias resumed in south Mogadishu. The fighting pitted militiamen of warlord Mohammed Aidid against those of his former financier and fellow Habr Gedir clansman, Osman Hassan Ali " Atto " . Osman Atto himself is currently in Jedah, Saudi Arabia, receiving treatment for a mine injury to a leg.

1 INJURED

 

 Uganda ,

20.04.96

ICRC

An Italian NGO worker blew up on a mine near the border with Sudan. Some 300 to 500 soldiers of the " West Nile Bank Front " are reported to have crossed over the border into Uganda and to have planted both anti-tank and antipersonnel mines.

UNKNOWN

 

 Sri Lanka, Colombo,

20.04.96

International Herald Tribune

Thousands of government soldiers, backed by tanks, artillery and aircraft, launched an offensive Friday against Tamil rebels in the Jaffna Peninsula. At least three soldiers were wounded by mines as troops moved into the eastern half of the peninsula said a military spokesman.

3 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

20.04.96

ICRC

A bus blew up on an anti-tank mine, injuring three, around 8.30 a.m. on the main road between Kamembe and Kibuye, near Gatare

3 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

20.04.96

ICRC

At 11 a.m., in the centre of the country, near Cyimbogo, a bus carrying troops blew up on a mine on a secondary road. Victims sustained superficial wounds.

UNKNOWN

 

 Rwanda,  

20.04.96

ICRC

In Bugarama, in the south of the country, six people were killed and several wounded when a mini-bus struck an anti-tank mine around 3 p.m.. According to the authorities the mine was laid at the beginning of the afternoon during a violent storm.

6 KILLED

SEVERAL INJURED

 

 Cambodia,  

23.04.96

International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

On Tuesday 23 April, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) - which includes representatives of over 60 NGOs attending the Review Conference - unveiled a Wall of Remembrance at the United Nations in Geneva. The mausoleum portrayed the photographs of some of the 791 persons who fell victims to landmines in the Battambang Province of Cambodia since the first session of the Review Conference held in Vienna in September-October 1995. Eighty blank spots were in honour of those who died during that time.

791 INJURED

81 KILLED

 

 Cambodia,  

23.04.96

AFP

This year's government advance on rebel-held territory came closer to Pailin than the government had since it captured the gem- and timber-rich town near the Thai border in March 1994 - when it was forced to retreat a month later. The offensive also saw the first direct attack on Phum Klar Ngap, on the Thai border, which was repelled by the Khmers. Both sides suffered hundreds of casualties during the offensive, mainly from landmines.

UNKNOWN

 

 Colombia,  

23.04.96

ICRC

In Calamar, two children were killed in a mine incident.

2 KILLED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya, Grozny,

27.04.96

REUTER

Six were killed by an explosion after a Russian armoured personnel carrier ran over a landmine in a Grozny suburb. Grozny was largely destroyed in three months of fighting before Chechen fighters pulled out in February 1995. Little has been done since to rebuild or systematically demine the city.

6 KILLED

 

 Bosnia,  

29.04.96

AFP

One person died and seven others were injured when a group of Muslims tried to avoid an IFOR road-block by walking through a field. They were trying to reach the Serb-held town of Doboj in northern Bosnia, from which they were driven during the war, to pay homage to their dead. It is the first incident involving serious casualties since Muslim groups began their attempts to cross the line separating the Croatian-Muslim Federation from the Sprska Republic.

7 INJURED

1 KILLED

 MAY 1996  

 Angola, Huambo Province,

05.96

HALO Trust

A man was injured by an anti-personnel mine losing two fingers and a thumb.

1 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Pursat Province,

05.96

Mines Advisory Group

In Pursat Province, during the month of May, 25 people were injured and 4 killed in mine incidents - 38% of them were soldiers and 62% civilians, with 3% of them women. One boy was killed by a mine while ploughing a field.

25 INJURED

4 KILLED

 

 Cambodia, Siem Reap Province,

05.96

Mines Advisory Group

In May, 42 people were injured and 7 killed in mine incidents in Siem Reap Province. Over half of them were civilians, the remainder soldiers. About a quarter of the victims were children. One soldier was injured while demining and another was injured in the explosion. One girl was killed, and five boys and two girls were injured by a mine explosion in Cheung Tean commune while a soldier was moving a mine.

7 KILLED

42 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Banteay Meanchey Province,

05.96

Mines Advisory Group

In May, 23 people were injured and 11 killed in mine incidents in Banteay Meanchey Province. Roughly two-thirds were civilians. One boy was killed while moving a mine. In O Chrao district two people were injured while travelling through a newly mined area. 

11 KILLED

23 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Battambang Province,

05.96

Mines Advisory Group

In May, 67 people were injured and five killed in mine incidents in Battambang Province. Some 70% of the total number of casualties were soldiers, 30% were civilians. Two children were injured in Bovel commune while herding; a boy was injured in Battambang district while fishing.

5 KILLED

67 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Kompong Thom Province,

05.96

Mines Advisory Group

In May, 26 people were injured and 7 killed by mines in Kompong Thom Province. Over 70% of the victim s were soldiers. Two people were injured while ploughing, another while cutting grass, and still another while travelling to his ricefield. Many of the soldiers were killed and injured by mines while fighting. 

7 KILLED

26 INJURED

 

 Croatia,  

02.05.96

UN

In Eastern Slavonia, three Army deminers from Croatia were badly injured when they were detonating a mine on a railway between Vinkovci and Mirovci.

3 INJURED

 

 India,  

02.05.95

REUTER

A police officer was killed and three others injured in a landmine blast by People's War Group (PWG) activists in Andhra Pradesh. The PWG has a formidable presence in Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao's home state, where they espouse a new classless social order to be brought about by a protracted peasant insurrection. The group terms elections a " bourgeois farce " . It has tried, unsuccessfully, to prevent elections in Andhra Pradesh in the past.

3 INJURED

1 KILLED

 

 Angola ,

06.05.96

ICRC

A mine exploded in the hands of a soldier in Longondjo. He was helping to carry a stock of mines to the headquarters in Huambo.

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia , Sarajevo,

06.05.96

AFP

IFOR, made up of 60'000 troops from 33 countries, has lost 22 soldiers since the beginning of Operation Concerted Effort on 20 December 1995. The majority were killed by mines. Others were killed in road and fire-arm accidents, and two died of heart attacks.

UNKNOWN

 

 India, Bihar

07.05.96

AFP

A police officer and his driver were killed, and a magistrate and four paramilitary troopers were injured, in a landmine blast by suspected Maoist rebels in the town of Hazaribagh, in the state of Bihar.

2 KILLED

5 INJURED

 

 Cambodia ,

09.05.96

AFP

At least five soldiers and policemen working on the case of the abducted British deminer and his translator have been killed in landmine explosions. The British mine clearance expert and his translator are believed to be held hostage by the Khmer Rouge.

5 KILLED

 

 Rwanda , Kareba,

10.05.96

ICRC

A civilian, collecting wood in the forest, had his leg torn off by an anti-personnel mine.

1 INJURED

 

 India , Kashmir,

11.05.96

AFP

Two top Moslem separatist leaders escaped attempts on their lives while travelling on Saturday to attend a religious ceremony near the Kashmir summer capital of Srinigar. Two landmines exploded on a highway as leaders and supporters of the All-Party Freedom Conference were on their way to attend the ceremony - they accused the Indian government for the ambush. No one was killed in the blasts.

UNKNOWN

 

 Croatia, Korenica,

12.05.96

ICRC

Two people were killed in Korenica by explosive devices - probably mines - at the entrance of a catholic cemetery, and one other was wounded.

1 INJURED

2 KILLED

 

 Croatia , Udbina,

13.05.96

AFP

A 35-year-old man and 39-year-old woman were killed, and another person was injured when a mine exploded in southern Croatia.

2 KILLED

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya ,

13.05.96

AFP

Two Russian soldiers were wounded by a landmine in theSouthwest of the republic.

2 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan, Kandahar,

16.05.96

ICRC

The first patient to be treated, after the inauguration of the recently-refurbished Mirwais hospital, was a mine victim. Both his legs had to be amputated and he is believed not to have survived his transfer to the hospital in Quetta.

1 KILLED

 

 Rwanda, Kibuye,

17.05.96

ICRC

A civilian vehicle blew up on a mine, injuring its six occupants, on the road between Birambo-Gitarama. Given the extensive damage to the vehicle, an anti-tank mine is suspected to have been responsible.

6 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka, Jaffna,

17.05.96

AFP

One government soldier was killed and a several injured during the capture of Vadamarachchi sector of the Jaffna peninsula by the Sri Lankan security forces.

1 KILLED

 

 Rwanda,  

18.05.96

ICRC

A thirteen-year-old boy was amputated of a leg, after stepping on a mine near Butare.

1 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

18.05.96

ICRC

One person was injured by a mine in the Mwendo-Gisovu region and subsequently brought to the hospital in Kibuye.

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

20.05.96

Echo Moscow

Four people were seriously wounded when their bus ran over a mine in Grozny. It was unclear who the victims were.

4 INJURED

 

 Angola,  

21.05.96

Mines Advisory Group

A 21-year-old man was walking along a footpath with a friend when he triggered off a mine. He was taken to hospital where his right leg and lower arm were amputated.

1 INJURED

 

 Burundi,  

22.05.96

ICRC

Four people, all injured by mines near Bubanza in Burundi, were evacuated to Uvira in Zaire. Another 12 mine casualties from the same area arrived in Zaire between 15.05.96 and 29.05.96.

16 INJURED

 

 Burma,  

24.05.96

REUTER

Nine people were killed and seven injured when a landmine, allegedly planted by Karen guerrillas, exploded under a train on the main railway line between Rangoon and Burma's second city, Mandalay.

9 KILLED

7 INJURED

 

 Mozambique,  

24.05.96

Stiftung Menschen gegen Minen

A deminer was injured in Sabie when he stepped on an anti-personnel mine. The paramedic in the area had the day off, and the injured deminer had to wait 1h30 for medical attention. He was taken to hospital in Maputo, where his leg had to be amputated below the knee.

1 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka, Jaffna,

25.05.96

REUTER

The Tigers have increased attacks in the east of the country where troops are thin on the ground, after the bulk of the army was deployed in the north for the offensive to capture Jaffna. Five soldiers were wounded in the Batticaloa district on Thursday in two separate Tiger landmine attacks on military vehicles .

5 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan , Mazar-I-Sharif,

25.05.96

ICRC

The Security Hospital admitted one person injured by a mine.

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

29.05.96

Jane's Defence Weekly

Mines and road hazards constitute the greatest dangers to IFOR troops in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since deployment of the NATO Implementation Force in December, landmines have killed 7 IFOR soldiers and injured 41 in Bosnia, as well as 55 civilians (13 killed, 42 injured).

20 KILLED

83 INJURED

 

 Burundi,  

29.05.96

ICRC

Two mine victims were treated for injuries at the Rumonge hospital.

2 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,  

29.05.96

REUTER

Two Russian soldiers were killed when a landmine explosion wrecked their armoured personnel carrier in Grozny. The attackers who detonated the landmine under the vehicle escaped.

2 KILLED

 

 Burundi,  

30.05.96

ICRC

A 50-year-old woman was injured by a mine.

1 INJURED

 JUNE 1996  

 Angola, Kuito & Catabola, Bie Province

06.96

HALO Trust

Two people were injured by anti-personnel mines in separate incidents while collecting firewood. The woman lost a leg, the man a foot and his eyes.

2 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan,  

06.96

REUTER

Two deminers were killed and two maimed in separate accidents in Kabul last month.

2 KILLED

2 INJURED

 

 Angola, Chitembo &  Bie Provinces

06.96

HALO Trust

Two children were injured while playing as a result of an anti-personnel mine.

 

2 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Pursat Province,    

06.96

Mines Advisory Group

Three people were injured by mines in Pursat Province during the month of June, all of them were adult male civilians.

3 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Kompong Thom Province,

06.96

Mines Advisory Group

Three people were killed and 7 injured by mines in Kompong Thom Province in June. All of the victims were male and nearly half of the victims were children. One boy was killed on his way to fish, another while ploughing a field, and still another injured while building a road.

3 KILLED

7 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Battambang Province,

06.96

Mines Advisory Group

Five people were killed and 53 injured by mines in Battambang Province in June. Some 70% of them were soldiers, 30% civilians and 13% children. Two children were killed while herding livestock in a forest four km from their village, two other children were wounded in the explosion. Two men were injured while cutting bamboo.

5 KILLED

53 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Banteay Meanchey Province,

06.96

Mines Advisory Group

Five people were killed and 39 injured in Banteay Meanchey Province in June. Over half of them were soldiers, over 20% children, and one victim was a woman. One soldier was killed when a mine he was trying to move went off, injuring five other soldiers. A man and a woman were injured by the explosion of a mine triggered off by a boy who was killed by it.

5 KILLED

39 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Siem Reap Province,

06.96

Mines Advisory Group

Six people were killed and 34 injured by mines in Siem Reap Province in June. 20% of the victims were children and more than half were civilians. Many of the victims were travelling in unknown mined areas.

6 KILLED

34 INJURED

 

 Angola, Luena,

06.96

Mines Advisory Group

On his way home from the market, a 14-year-old boy who was pushing a cart full of maize, decided to take a short cut over an old railway line. A wheel of the cart triggered a mine and the boy suffered fragmentation wounds to both his legs.

1 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan, Mazar-I-Sharif,

01.06.96

ICRC

One person, from Dar-I-Suf, injured by a mine was admitted to Hezb-I-Wahdat Central Clinic.

1 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan,  

Mazar-I-Sharif

01.06.96

ICRC

One mine victim from Salang was treated at the General Momem Hospital Hairaton, while four mine casualties were admitted to Nejat-I-Mili Bamyam.

5 INJURED

 

 Yemen,  

02.06.96

AFP

A Yemeni was killed and two others were wounded when a mine dating from the 1970s exploded in the Southeast of the country. The explosion happened in Ibb province near the former border between north and south Yemen. The former border area is strewn with landmines left over from conflicts before the north and south merged in 1990.

1 KILLED

2 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

02.06.96

AFP

Six Russian soldiers were killed when two armoured personnel carriers blew up on a mine in Grozny.

6 KILLED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

02.06.96

AFP

Five Russian soldiers were killed and four injured when their armoured personnel carrier hit a mine in the suburbs of Grozny

5 KILLED

4 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation ,

Chechnya,

02.06.96

AFP

In a third incident on 2 June, yet another armoured personnel carrier struck a mine in Grozny, killing one and injuring seven Russian soldiers.

7 INJURED

1 KILLED

 

 Afghanistan, Ghazni Province,

02.06.96

ICRC

A 45-year-old man was admitted to the ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta, Pakistan with injuries to both legs. One other person was injured in the accident, which occurred in the city of Ghazni. The mine victim had only returned to Afghanistan a few weeks be fore the accident.

2 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

03.06.96

AFP

A Portuguese officer of the multinational peacekeeping force in Bosnia (IFOR) was injured by the accidental explosion of a mine. 

1 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka ,

03.06.95

REUTER

Eight Sri Lankan civilians were killed in the northern Jaffna peninsula when the tractor they were riding in hit a landmine. The mine laid by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) also wounded one civilian when it exploded. According to army sources, the rebels who were recently run out of Jaffna in a series of offensives by the military, have infiltrated the peninsula to lay mines and traps for military vehicles.

8 KILLED

1 INJURED

 

 Angola, Luena,

03.06.96

Mines Advisory Group

A 7-year-old boy was collecting scrap metal in a rubbish tip to make a toy car. He picked up a fuse which detonated, tearing off his left hand and damaging his left eye. He was taken to the local hospital by bicycle.

1 INJURED

 

 Rwanda, Kibuye,

04.06.96

ICRC

A vehicle blew up on a mine, killing one person and injuring four or five others.

1 KILLED

4 INJURED

 

 Chad,  

06.06.96

REUTER

In northern Chad, local officials said a vehicle carrying a new sub-prefect, an army officer and gendarmerie officer strayed off the track and hit a mine last month, wounding all three.

3 INJURED

 

 Georgia,  

06.06.96

ICRC

Three Mingrelians were injured when their horse-drawn cart struck a mine on a side road running through a mandarine grove in the Ochamchira region of Abkhazia.

3 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

07.06.96

REUTER

Four Russian soldiers were wounded when their armoured personnel carrier hit a mine near the border with the neighbouring region of Daghestan.

4 INJURED

 

 Turkey,  

07.06.96

REUTER

One soldier was killed and three were seriously wounded when a military vehicle struck a mine planted by Kurdish rebels in the province of Bingol

1 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan,  

02-08.06.96

ICRC

Three people injured by mines were being treated at the Kandahar hospital.

3 INJURED

 

 Pakistan, Quetta,

08.06.96

ICRC

From the beginning of April to the beginning of June, the ICRC hospital in Quetta treated 92 patients injured by mines, most of them coming from Afghanistan.

92 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

10.06.96

ICRC

An IFOR soldier on a motorbike was injured when he hit an anti-personnel mine. The mine seemed to have been laid recently on a road used daily by IFOR troops, the local population and international agencies.

1 INJURED

 

 Croatia,  

10-16.06.96

ICRC

A man was injured by an explosion at his house in Ostrvica. According to a neighbour the mine was planted in front of the victim's house shortly before the unfortunate event. The victim, an ethnic Serb, lived in Zagreb during the war and was visiting his house almost every weekend. He was transported to a hospital and the amputation of his leg seemed inevitable.

1 INJURED

 

 India, Jammu and Kashmir,

11.06.96

AFP

Two Indian children were killed and another injured when a powerful mine exploded overnight in the troubled state of Kashmir. The mine exploded in Palawalla area of Akroor sector, which borders Pakistan, killing both the children on the spot and critically injuring the third.

2 KILLED

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

11.06.96

REUTER

Two series of explosions shook a convoy carrying top Chechen rebels and international mediators back from peace talks with Russians. At least six people were injured. The first three blasts erupted as the cavalcade of about 60 cars passed the village of Davydenko, west of the regional capital Grozny. Three people, including a woman member of the convoy, were treated for head and leg wounds. The column of civilian passenger cars, some bearing the flag of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, continued on its way. It was shaken by three more blasts near the city limits of Grozny itself. Three passers-by were hurt in this second round of detonations. One rebel Chechen commander blamed the Russians and said mines set off by remote control were responsible. This could not be independently confirmed. The first detonations occurred minutes after the motorcade passed a Russian military post outside Davydenko.

 

 

 Afghanistan, Zabul Province,

12.06.96

ICRC

A 32-year-old man was admitted to the ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta, Pakistan with a back injury caused by a landmine explosion in Shahrisafa, Zabul Province. The accident occurred while he was travelling. One or two other people were apparently also involved in the incident.

1 INJURED

 

 Yemen,  

13.06.96

AFP

Four children were killed and two others wounded in an explosion in the south-eastern Yemeni city of Zanjibar. The cause of the blast which ripped through a residential area of the city was being investigated by the police. Abandoned mines and grenades left over from the 1994 civil war between north and south Yemen have killed and maimed several people in the past two years.

4 KILLED

2 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan, Ghazni Province,

13.06.96

ICRC

A 20-year-old man was admitted to the ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, with an injury to his leg caused by a landmine explosion in the city of Ghazni.

1 INJURED

 

 Uganda,  

14.06.96

AFP

Seventeen people were killed and 10 others seriously injured when a pick-up truck hit a landmine believed to have been laid by rebels in northern Uganda. The mine was so powerful that it completely blew apart the truck and left a deep crater in the road. It is believed to have been laid by the Lord's Resistance Army rebels who are fighting from bases in northern Uganda in an attempt to overthrow the government of President Yoweri Museveni.

17 KILLED

10 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

14.06.96

REUTER

Five Rwandan government soldiers were killed and several injured when their vehicle hit an anti-tank mine east of the dense Nyungwe forest near the southern border with Burundi. The Nyungwe forest is a haven for Hutu militia waging an insurgency

5 KILLED

 

 Rwanda,  

15.06.96 (approx.)

ICRC

An anti-personnel mine exploded in the Ramba sector injuring two people, one of which had to have a leg amputated.

1 INJURED

 

 Angola, Luena,

15.06.96

Mines Advisory Group

A 15-year-old boy was on his way to visit relatives in the village of Camintongo when he struck a mine. He was rushed to the hospital in Luena where his leg was amputated. Two days later he died.

1 KILLED

 

 Afghanistan,  Herat Province,

16.06.96

ICRC

5 people were killed and 15 injured when a mine exploded while they were travelling on the Farah road. The victims were all men between 22 and 55-years-old. 

5 KILLED

15 INJURED

 

 Sudan,  

17.06.96

ICRC

A car, belonging to a Norwegian NGO, blew up on a mine on the road between Kitgum (Uganda) and Labone (Sudan) injuring the two people on board.

2 INJURED

 

 Angola,  

17.06.96

REUTER

Two United Nations peacekeepers and an Angolan were wounded in a landmine explosion in Malange province. The UN members wounded were instructors in a mine clearing school established by the National Institute for the Removal of Explosive Devices and the UN to train demobilised soldiers from the Angolan Armed Forces and the former rebel UNITA movement to jointly clear landmines.

3 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan,  

19.06.96

ICRC

One person died and three were injured in a mine incident in the city of Kandahar. A 14-year-old boy involved in this incident, with both his legs and his chest injured, was admitted to the ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta

1 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan, Helmand Province,

19.06.96

ICRC

A 14-year-old girl was admitted to ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, with a leg injury caused by a mine explosion in the city of Helmand. She was alone at the time of the accident.

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

19.06.96

ICRC

Reutov-3, the Central Clinical Hospital for the Federal Interior Troops (MININT), has received 970 war-wounded in the past year from Chechnya. An estimated 50-100 of these are from anti-personnel mines.

50-100 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

20.06.96 

ICRC

In the south of the prefecture of Gikongoro, three soldiers were killed and another six were injured when their vehicle blew up on a mine. It seems the vehicle had taken the same road earlier in the day without incident, and that the explosion occurred on its way back.

3 KILLED

6 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

21.06.96

AFP

Five Russian soldiers were killed and five wounded when two armoured personnel carriers hit landmines in the ruined capital Grozny.

5 KILLED

5 INJURED

 

 Ethiopia,  

22.06.96

AFP

One passenger was killed and five seriously hurt when a landmine exploded under a train that was travelling form Djibouti to Ethiopia. The blast occurred 23 kilometres from Dire Dawa town in eastern Ethiopia. The police opened an investigation, but no one claimed responsibility.

1 KILLED

5 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

22.06.96

AFP

Five Russian soldiers were killed and three injured when their armoured personnel carrier struck a mine in Grozny.

5 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan, Helmand Province,

22.06.96

ICRC

A 26-year-old man was admitted to ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta, Pakistan with an injury caused by a mine explosion. Two other people died in the accident which occurred in the city of Helmand.

2 KILLED

1 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

22.06.96

AFP

Six soldiers were killed and another wounded when an army tractor they were travelling on set off a pressure mine in northern Sri Lanka. The tractor was taking soldiers on a routine mission in the Thenamarachchi sector of the Jaffn a peninsula when the blast occurred. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) planted powerful landmines as well as small anti-personnel mines in the peninsula before they were driven out of the region earlier last month. Another mine exploded in the east of the country on the same day, wounding nine constables and a sub-inspector.

6 KILLED

11 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

23.06.96

ICRC

A young farmer blew up on a mine laid on a path in the Gishwati forest. He was seriously injured and taken to the hospital in Gisenyi.

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

17-23.06.96

ICRC

In Grozny, almost daily mine incidents aimed at Russian military targets are continuing.

1 INJURED

 

 Croatia, Korenica

24.06.96

ICRC

One person was killed and three injured, when the horse with which they were tilling a field struck a mine.

1 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan, Charasyab Province

24.06.96

ICRC

A 22-year-old man was admitted to ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta, Pakistan with injuries to both legs. At the time of the accident he was fighting near Charasyab in Kabul Province

 

 

 Afghanistan, Kandahar Province

25.06.96

ICRC

An 11-year-old boy was admitted to the ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta, Pakistan with an arm injury caused by a mine in Shahwalicot, Kandahar Province.

1 INJURED

 

 Zaire, Bukavu,

26.06.96

ICRC

The explosion of a recently-laid anti-tank mine on the cliff-side road between Bukavu and Uvira killed one person and injured five.

1 KILLED

5 INJURED

 

 Afghanistan, Herat Province,

26.06.96

ICRC

A 38-year-old deminer was admitted to the ICRC surgical hospital in Quetta in Pakistan with injuries to one of his arms. He had been back in Afghanistan for less than four weeks and was clearing mines in Pashtoon Iarghoon

1 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

26.06.96

ICRC

Two mine victims are being treated at the hospital in Kibuye.

2 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

28.06.96

AFP

Three French soldiers were slightly injured when their vehicle struck an anti-tank mine 25 km south of Sarajevo. They were evacuated to a hospital in Trogir, near Split, on the Croatian coast.

3 INJURED

 

 Mozambique,  

28.06.96

Stiftung Menschen gegen Minen

The new team leader of the Krohn Mechanical Demining System, a Mozambican expert, was killed working on an mine.

1 KILLED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

30.06.96

The Sunday Times of Colombo

According to a military spokesman, LTTE mines have killed 16 civilians and injured 32 in the Jaffna area in the past two months. A 28-year-old man lost both his legs to a mine while he was trying to clear his garden. The Jaffna hospital has opene d a separate ward for mine victims. 

16 KILLED

32 INJURED

 JULY 1996  

 Angola, Cubal Benguela Province

07.96

HALO Trust

A military engineer was blinded while trying to remove his own mines.

 

1 INJURED

 

 Angola, Kuito

07.96

HALO Trust

A man was injured in a mine blast. He lost a leg and his eyesight.

1 INJURED

 

 Sudan,  

07.96

ICRC

The ICRC orthopaedic centre in Lokichokio, which treats war-wounded from Sou th Sudan, received 186 mine victims between January and July 1996. Two-thirds of them were between 20 and 29-years old.

186 INJURED

 

 Sudan,  

07.96

AFP

Two Sudanese policemen were killed when a mine exploded near the Eritrean border.

2 KILLED

 

 Rwanda,  

07.96

ICRC

Five civilians were injured by mines and unexploded ordnance in the Gishwati forest.

 

 

 Colombia, César Province,

07.96

ICRC

Eight soldiers were injured and one civilian was killed and three others injured when a truck they were riding in blew up on a mine.

1 KILLED

11 INJURED

 

 Georgia, Abkhazia,

07.96

ICRC

One person was killed and another injured in two separate mine incidents.

1 KILLED

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

02.07.96

REUTER

Two people were killed and 21 injured when a bus carrying civilians hit an anti-tank mine in Northwest Bosnia, highlighting the acute mine problem in the war-ravaged country. IFOR spokesman, Major Tom Moyer, said the bus was probably carrying Serbs and hit the mine while entering an unmarked mine-field. Ten of the injured were in very serious condition. British IFOR troops, in charge of this area, reacted immediately and sent in a field ambulance unit and an anti-mine unit. However, before being able to help the casualties, the British troops had to clear the area of other mines.

2 KILLED

21 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

02.07.96

ICRC

Two children were reported to have been injured by mines in southern Chechnya.

2 INJURED

 

 Senegal,  

03.07.96

AFP

Three Senegalese soldiers were killed, and two soldiers and one civilian were seriously injured by a mine Southwest of Ziguinchor (Casamance).

2 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Armenia,  Nagorny-Karabakh,

03.07.96

ICRC

One person was injured when a mine exploded near a house occupied by the HALO Trust, a British mine-clearance organisation.

1 INJURED

 

 Northern Iraq, Arbil,

04.07.96

ICRC

The surgical hospital in Arbil has been receiving one or two mine victims every day. Many of the victims come from border areas.

 

 

 Bosnia, Bihac,

04.07.96

ICRC

An IFOR vehicle was badly damaged yesterday when it ran over a landmine Southeast of Bihac. There were no casualties.

 

 

 Sudan,  

04.07.96

REUTER

Two Sudanese soldiers were killed and three injured when a landmine blew up their vehicle near the Eritrean border in the eastern state of Kassala.

2 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

05.07.96

REUTER

A Canadian IFOR soldier was killed when his vehicle overturned while rushing to the aid of British comrades whose armoured personnel carrier had struck a mine without causing any injuries. Six other soldiers were injured in the accident.

 

 

 Georgia, Abkhazia,

01-07.07.96

ICRC

Three members of the Abkhaz Army were seriously injured when their car hit a freshly laid mine on the road along the sea between Primorsk and Ochamchira. This is the sixteenth incident reported since March 1996, and the sixth involving casualties.

3 INJURED

 

 Cambodia, Banteay Meanchey Province,

01-07.07.96

ICRC

A civilian was killed by a mine on the road between Tavong and Svay Khmao.

1 KILLED

 

 Uganda,  

07.07.96

ICRC

14 people, five of them children, were seriously injured when a truck, which was part of a convoy, hit a mine near Gulu in north-western Uganda.

14 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

10.07.96

AFP

A Russian soldier was killed and three were injured when their military truck hit a mine in the Gekhi area.

1 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

11.07.96

REUTER

Major General Nikolai Skripnik, deputy commander of Russian interior ministry troops in the North Caucasus, died of his wounds after the armoured vehicle h e was travelling in hit a mine near Gekhi. Skripnik, 52, was one of the most senior Russian soldiers to die in the Chechen conflict.

1 KILLED

 

 Turkey, Diyarbakir Province,

11.07.96

AFP

Five Turkish soldiers were killed when their vehicle ran over a mine in south-eastern Turkey, scene of the separatist Kurdish uprising. The mine had apparently been planted by the PKK near the Hazro township in Diyarbakir.

5 KILLED

 

 Uganda,  

11.07.96

ICRC

Three soldiers were killed and 18 others injured by a landmine at Nyadri, 13 km from Koboko on the Arua-Koboko road.

3 KILLED

18 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

11.07.96

ICRC

Two civilians and one soldier were seriously wounded when they set off three separate pressure mines near a bridge that had been recently blown up.

3 INJURED

 

 Croatia, Karlovac

15.07.96

AFP

A young woman had her leg amputated on Monday after she trod on one of the many landmines in the former Serb-held areas.

1 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

15.07.96

AFP

Several elite army commandos have been seriously wounded in Tiger mortar bomb attacks and anti-personnel mine explosions.

 

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

15.07.96

REUTER

Two Russian soldiers were killed by a mine in the southern Vedeno region.

2 KILLED

 

 Somalia,  

17.07.96

ICRC

Newspapers report that a technical car belonging to General Aideed's militia has been destroyed by a mine explosion in south Mogadishu.

 

 

 Georgia, Gali,

17.07.96

ICRC

One civilian killed and one wounded when a freshly laid anti-tank mine exploded.

1 KILLED

1 INJURED

 

 India, Jammu and Kashmir,

19.07.96

REUTER

A schoolboy was killed and five people were injured, including two Indian paramilitary troopers, when a landmine went off in a Srinagar residential district, provoking hundreds of angry residents to join the boy's funeral march. The nine-year-old boy was instantly killed when a military vehicle struck a landmine which went off with a deafening roar in Srinagar's crowded Gaw Kadal district.

1 KILLED

3 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

20.07.96

REUTER

Five Russian soldiers were killed when a landmine blew up their armoured vehicle near the village of Bachi-Yurt, east of Grozny. Another soldier was seriously injured.

5 KILLED

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

21.07.96

AFP

Two Russian soldiers died Sunday near Achkhoi-Martan in western Chechnya in a mine blast.

2 KILLED

 

 Georgia, Abkhazia,

21.07.96

ICRC

A mine clearance engineer was wounded in Pirveli Otobaya when a mine he was trying to clear blew up.

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya - south,

22.07.96

ICRC

An 18-year-old girl underwent amputation due to a mine injury.

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

23.07.96

UN

Two UN military personnel were injured when their armoured personnel carrier ran over a mine.

2 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

25.07.96

REUTER

A French officer in the NATO-led peace force in Bosnia lost a foot and part of a hand in a landmine explosion a few kilometres south of Sarajevo. He trod on one of the millions of mines left over from Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

26.07.96

AFP

One French IFOR soldier was seriously injured, and another sustained superficial wounds, when their vehicle hit a mine south of Brod, near Mostar. They were the second and third IFOR soldiers to fall victim to mines in less than 24 hours. 

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

30.07.96

ICRC

Two French IFOR soldiers were wounded when a mine exploded in the area of Tjentiste.

2 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya, Grozny,

19-26.07.96

ICRC

Four patients with mine injuries were admitted to one of the hospitals in Grozny.

4 INJURED

 

 Uganda,  

26.07.96

REUTER

A senior government soldier was killed when his truck hit a landmine outside Gulu, the scene of a pitched battle between the government forces and the Lord's Resistance Army.

1 KILLED

 

 Angola  

27.07.96

AFP

Two Zimbabwean soldiers, serving with the UN peacekeeping forces in Angola, were killed when their vehicle hit a landmine. Four other Zimbabwean soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, were seriously in jured in the blast.

2 KILLED

4 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

29.07.96

AFP

Two Russian soldiers were killed and several injured when their armoured personnel carrier struck a mine in the region of Chatoï in southern Chechnya.

2 KILLED

SEVERAL INJURED

 

 Angola, Luena,

29.07.96

Mines Advisory Group

A 63-year-old man from Camanongue, but living in Luena, was collecting firewood near the airport in Luena in an area he thought was safe. He triggered off a mine which, on exploding, started a bush fire. To escape the spreading fire he crawled deeper into the minefield. Luckily, a MAG demining team working nearby heard the explosion, rescued the man from area and rushed him to hospital where his right leg had to be amputated below the knee.

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

31.07.96

REUTER

Five Russian servicemen were killed while trying to defuse a mine.

5 KILLED

 

 Mozambique,  

30.07.96

Stiftung Menschen Gegen Minen

One Mozambican deminer, working with the German Mechanical Demining team, was badly injured, apparently blinded, in Sabie. He was checking the area around a tree standing in a field which had supposedly been cleared of mines by demining machines when he stepped on a mine. 

1 INJURED

 AUGUST 1996  

 Angola, Ganda Benguela Province

08.96

HALO Trust

A soldier was injured on newly laid defensive minefield; fragmentation injuries to legs.

1 INJURED

 

 Russian Federation,  

Chechnya,

01.08.96

REUTER

An armoured personnel carrier was blown up by a mine in the south-eastern area of Vedeno.

 

 

 Sri Lanka,  

01.08.96

AFP

A Sri Lankan military spokesman said three civilians were killed in a Tiger mine attack that hit a bullock cart in the northern peninsula of Jaffna.

3 KILLED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

02.08.96

AFP

A 36-year-old farmer from Duba Yurt in southern Chechnya sustained an injury to his leg when he stepped on a mine.

1 INJURED

 

 Tanzania, Ngara

02.08.96

ICRC

A child was killed by a mine in a forest next to a refugee camp. It seems the child was trying to destroy a mine believed to have been dropped by refugees who wanted to get rid of it whilst fleeing from Rwanda.

1 KILLED

 

 Portugal, Azores,

02.08.96

AFP

The explosion of a W.W.II mine injured 15 people and damaged about 20 houses. The mine had probably been recovered years ago by fishermen to be used to hold down their nets or as a decorative object. It exploded in the courtyard of a house in Vila Franca do Campo.

15 INJURED

 

 South Korea, Yangku

04.08.96

AFP

A 44-year-o ld angler was seriously injured when he stepped on a lost mine in Yangku, 80 km northeast of Seoul. Thousands of South Korean army soldiers have launched a massive search for mines, grenades and other fatal explosives swept away by last month's devastating floods. So far the army has recovered only 12 anti-personnel mines, two anti-tank mines and hundreds of bullets.

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

05.08.96

ICRC

A Romanian IFOR soldier was slightly injured three km north of Maglaj when his vehicle hit a mine and was sent crashing into a nearby crane. The mine marking in the area had been removed to permit some engineering work.

1 INJURED

 

 Sudan,  

09.06 - 08.08.96

ICRC

Six people were killed and 22 injured in 6 different mine explosions between 9 June and 8 August 1996 in and around the Garoa refugee camp near the Eritrean border of Sudan.

6 KILLED

22 INJURED

 

 Angola, Balombo Benguela Province

09.08.96

HALO Trust

A man was killed and a second died later after detonating an anti-personnel mine while out hunting.

2 killed

 

 Cambodia, Battambang,

09.08.96

ICRC

A deminer, working for HALO trust, lost a forearm when a mine he was trying to clear exploded.

1 INJURED

 

 Uganda,  

09.08.96

REUTER

Twelve people, including three children and a baby, were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling struck a landmine at For-God village near Gulu. Army sources said the mine was planted by Lord's Resistance Army rebels.

12 KILLED

 

 Somalia,  

10.08.96

REUTER

Six Aideed officers were killed and four wounded when a landmine exploded under their car between Wajid and Baidoa, 250 km west of Mogadishu. Mohammed Farah, Aideed's political officer, escaped the blast but his bodyguard was killed.

6 KILLED

4 INJURED

 

 Uganda,  

12.08.96

REUTER

In northern Uganda, some 40 government soldiers were killed in battle with rebels or by landmines planted by them.

 

 

 India, Jammu and Kashmir,

12.08.96

AFP

A family of five, including two women, were killed in a landmine blast in Bandlora district, 54 kilometres north of Srinigar.

5 KILLED

 

 Sri Lanka, Eastern Batticaloa,

12.08.96

REUTER

In eastern Batticaloa, part of the rebels'hoped-for homeland in the north and east of the island, the rebels exploded a mine at a Hindu temple on Sunday night, wounding 33 worshippers and four policemen, an army spokesman said.

 

 

 Angola,  

13.08.96

AFP

Twenty-five soldiers of the former rebel UNITA movement were seriously injured when their vehicle hit a mine near Swena in the eastern Angolan province of Moxico. Seven UN officials travelling in the same vehicle escaped unhurt.

25 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

14.08.96

REUTER

Five soldiers were killed and 12 wounded when their tractor hit a rebel mine in northern Sangupiddy, just south of the Jaffna lagoon separating the peninsula from the Wanni mainland.

5 KILLED

12 WOUNDED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

15.08.96

AFP

Five soldiers were killed and 14 injured when the tractor and trailer blew-up on a mine near the army garrison of Pooneryn while they were on a routine patrol.

5 KILLED

14 INJURED

 

 Iran,  

16.08.96

REUTER

Scores of Iranian villagers and shepherds are killed or injured by mines and other explosives left over from the Iran-Iraq war each year.

 

 

 Croatia,  

18.08.96

AFP

A Serb general of the former Yugoslav army was killed when a mine planted on the doorstep of his country house in central Croatia exploded. Milorad Miscevic, 75, who retired 20 years ago, died Wednesday at Vrebac, near Gospic, where he was born. A number of sometimes deadly attacks against Serbs, mostly elderly still living in Croatia, have been reported since last year when Croatia recaptured territory that had been held by rebel Serbs after Croatia declared independence in 1991.

1 KILLED

 

 Rwanda, Kibuye

18.08.96

ICRC

A man, injured by an anti-personnel mine, was transferred from Murunda hospital to Kibuye hospital where he was amputated of a leg. The incident occurred on the edge of the Gishwati forest.

1 INJURED

 

 Angola,  

19.08.96

ICRC

While travelling from Bai to Mungo, an ICRC sanitation engineer saw a pile of branches on the road ahead of h im, and stopped to see what lay across his path. Under the branches, which had ostensibly been placed there as a marker, he made out a suspiscious-looking object and immediately turned around, drove back the way he had come and notified the HALO trust deminers, who, once on the spot, found an old anti-tank mine.

 

 

 Guatemala,  

19.08.96

EFE

Three Guatemalan soldiers died, and another one was injured during a demining operation in west Guatemala. Three civilians were also injured.

3 KILLED

4 INJURED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

22.08.96

ICRC

One pupil was injured in Kalladi in eastern Sri Lanka when a mine went off near a school.

1 INJURED

 

 South Korea,  

23.08.96

REUTER

Four US Army soldiers were injured on Friday when they walked into a minefield. A 2nd Infantry Division lieutenant and a sergeant lost several toes when the lieutenant stepped on a mine and two other soldiers suffered minor shrapnel wounds. All four were taken to a hospital in Seoul.

4 INJURED

 

 Turkey,  

23.08.96

REUTER

Three people, including two state-paid village guards, died when a mine planted by the rebels exploded on a road in Southeast Turkey. A taxi carrying the guards, members of a mostly Kurdish militia that fights the PKK, hit the mine in the province of Diyarbakir.

3 KILLED

 

 Angola, Kuito Province

24.08.96

HALO Trust

A child lost both legs after stepping on an anti-personnel mine.

1 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

26.08.96

New York Times

A boy, whose foot had been blown off by an anti-personnel mine in Mostar, was being treated at the Kosevo hospital in Sarajevo. Mine wounds are the most common serious injury seen at the hospital since the fighting and shelling stopped late last year.

1 INJURED

 

 Zaire, Bukavu,

27.08.96

ICRC

Five Zairian children who were fetching water from a tap near the Panzi camp were reported to have lost their legs when a mine, which had been planted at the tap, exploded.

5 INJURED

 

 Bosnia,  

27.08.96

AFP

Four IFOR soldiers were badly bruised, but escaped serious injury, when their vehicle trigged off a mine in north-east Bosnia.

4 INJURED

 

 Autonomous Territory - Gaza ,  

28.08.96

AFP

Four Palestinian policemen were hurt, one of them seriously, when an old Israeli landmine exploded Wednesday on the grounds of the Palestinian security force headquarters. The mine was discovered inside the compound which was formerly used by the Israeli Army. The mine exploded while it was being examined by two sappers.

4 INJURED

 

 Rwanda,  

22.08 - 28.08.96

ICRC

A deminer and a farmer blew up on an anti-personnel mine that was planted in a field near Tumba, in Byumba. It appears to have been an old mine.

2 CASUALTIES

 

 Rwanda,  

26.08-01.09.96

ICRC

Two people were injured when an anti-personnel mine exploded on the road between Bugurama and Cimerwa. This stretch of road is regularly used by agencies working in the Burundian refugee camps as well as by the ICRC.

2 INJURED

 

 Angola, Camacupa Bie Province

28.08.96

HALO Trust

A twelve year old boy was injured after stepping on an anti-personnel mine near airstrip. Incident resulted in an above knee amputation.

1 INJURED

 SEPTEMBER 1996  

 Burma,  

01.09.96

AFP

A Bangladeshi was killed in a mine blast on the Bangladesh-Burma border on Sunday. This incident follows another which occurred a few days before in which a Bangladeshi and a Burmese citizen were killed and several other wounded. Burmese border security forces, officially known as Nasaka, reportedly planted mines along parts of the frontier with Bangladesh to check cross-border violations.

3 KILLED

SEVERAL INJURED

 

 Russian Federation, Chechnya,

01.09.96

AFP

In the southern Chechen village of Novy Atagi on Monday, a large group of men in hats gathered for the funeral of two young men who went out into the fields on Sunday and stepped on mines.

2 INJURED

 

 Angola, Vila Nova Kuito

02.09.96

ICRC

A cart was blown off after hitting an anti-tank mine. According to local sources, at least 3 people died.

3 KILLED

 

 Sri Lanka, Jaffna Peninsula

04.09.96

ICRC

A civilian was injur ed after stepping on a landmine near a marketplace.

1 INJURED

 

 

 Zaire  

09.09.96

ICRC

The International Federation of The Red Cross suspended its operations in Rwandan Refugee Camps after the killing of three staff (the bus they were riding detonated a mine). Three volunteers had to be amputated and another 30 suffered injuries.

3 KILLED

33 WOUNDED

 

 Sri Lanka,  

11.09.96

AFP

Government troops exchanged fire with members of the rebel group " Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan " . Army sources affirmed a soldier was killed in a mine explosion.

1 KILLED

 

 Greece  

11.09. 96

AFP

Two Iranians were killed and two others injured when they stepped into a minefield after illegally crossing into Greece from Turkey.

2 KILLED

2 INJURED

 
   
SOME STATISTICS BASED ON MINE INCIDENTS REGISTRY - UNTIL 11 SEPTEMBER 
 

 Sadly, the following incidents represent only a fraction of the estimated 2'000 casualties which occur every month, the vast majority of which go unreported.  

 REVIEW CONFERENCE  

APPROX. NUMBER OF KILLED BY MINES

APPROX. NUMBER OF INJURED BY MINES

Since the 22 April-3 May 1996 Review Conference to date.

 316  

 1'281  

Since the 15-19 January 1996 Review Conference to date.

 523  

 2'515  

Since the 25 September-13 October 1995 Review Conference to date.

 920  

 3'447  

Ref. DP(1996)87b